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Dinky Doors


Click here for the Dinky Doors temporary exhibition in the Grand Arcade.

In 2019, miniature doors started appearing in Cambridge. A new one would appear every few weeks. I am not sure whether to categorise them as public art or not. They are certainly an art project (see website), but they are not official (although they seem to be tolerated by authority) and may be temporary.

I have not given a map for these, as the Dinky Doors website will sell you a map, and a tour, and this helps to finance making the Dinky Doors, which is a Good Thing.

They appeared roughly in the order below.

Gwydir St (disappeared)

The first one appeared in Gwydir Street, but was removed before anyone noticed it. I got this image from a postcard. The thing in the middle is a tape, as it appeared outside a tape shop.

Dinky door that used to be on Gwydir Street

On Reality Checkpoint.

The third photo is after a smartening up. If you push the pointer to Feisty, and push downwards, a light comes on!

Dinky door on Reality Checkpoint Dinky door on Reality Checkpoint Dinky door on Reality Checkpoint
In Downing Street Dinky door on Downing St Dinky door on Downing St
Between two phone boxes near Gt St Mary's Dinky door between phone boxes, Gt St Mary's Dinky door between phone boxes, Gt St Mary's
Next to spiky letter box, in Riverside.
This used to be next to a college,
and the spikes on top were to stop students
climbing into college after hours
(when the gates were shut at night).
Dinky door Emailerator, Riverside Dinky door Emailerator, Riverside Dinky door Emailerator, Riverside
In Sussex Street, opposite Millers. Dinky door Wonder Emporium, Sussex Street Dinky door Wonder Emporium, Sussex Street Dinky door Wonder Emporium, Sussex Street
In All Saints Passage, near Trinity Street. Dinky door of Mr D.Mon, All Saints Passage Dinky door of Mr D.Mon, All Saints Passage

Jesus lock footbridge, Jesus Green

It is a transporter for "Ride and Park"
i.e. those who ride in a park
(rather than those who park in a carpark and ride in a bus).
It is disabled-friendly,
as the lift in front can be used for wheel chairs
(if small enough).

Dinky Door Ride and Park, Jesus Green Dinky Door Ride and Park, Jesus Green

Dinky spaceship crashed into the wall of the Museum of Technology, on Riverside

Dinky Spaceship, Museum of Technology Dinky Spaceship, Museum of Technology Dinky Spaceship, Museum of Technology

At Wandlebury (not my photos)

Dinky book, Wandlebury Dinky book, Wandlebury Dinky book, Wandlebury

On Mill Road bridge

Dinky photobooth, Mill Road bridge Dinky photobooth, Mill Road bridge Dinky photobooth, Mill Road bridge

Oh dear, the Mill Road bridge one seems to have been grafittied!

Dinky photobooth, Mill Road bridge Dinky photobooth, Mill Road bridge

The Mill Road bridge one was stolen a day or two later.

It is now a crime scene.

Dinky crime scene, Mill Road bridge Dinky crime scene, Mill Road bridge

Corner of Sedgwick St and St Phillips Rd

Dinky Octo spa, Mill Road bridge Dinky Octo spa, Mill Road bridge Dinky Octo spa, Mill Road bridge Dinky Octo spa, Mill Road bridge Dinky Octo spa, Mill Road bridge

Green St

Dinky rocket, Green St Dinky rocket, Green St Dinky rocket, Green St Dinky rocket, Green St Dinky rocket, Green St Dinky rocket, Green St

Outside Cambridge University Press bookshop, opposite Great St Mary's

The Books are:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THYME - ref. Stephen Hawkins
AZ CENTRAL SPACE TIME - a necessary guide!
TOP TEN VOWELS
WART AND PEAS - ref. Tolstoy
LEVART EMIT - "time travel" backwards
An open book with a picture of a printing press and the dates 1534, 1581, 1992 - Cambridge University Press is the world's oldest publishing house, founded in 1534. There has been a bookshop on this site since 1581, which makes it England's longest continuously operating bookshop. But it only became the CUP bookshop in 1992.
POLY BIUS - The Dinky Door website says "Ignoring for the minute that Polybius was a Greek historian, it relates to an urban legend of a fictitious arcade game from 1981. The story tells of an unheard-of new arcade game appearing in several suburbs of Portland, Oregon, something of a rarity at the time. The game is described as proving popular to the point of addiction, with lines forming around the machines often resulting in fighting over who would play next. The legend describes how the machines were visited by men in black, who collected unknown data from the machines, allegedly testing responses to the game's psychoactive effects. Players supposedly suffered from a series of unpleasant side effects, including seizures, amnesia, insomnia, night terrors and hallucinations. Approximately one month after its supposed release in 1981, Polybius is said to have disappeared without a trace."

Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP Dinky door, CUP

Park Terrace, near Regent Street, facing the University Arms Hotel

The Dinky Shrinky

Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace Dinky Shrinky, Park Terrace