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Magic Lane pops up on Brighton foreshore

Five-year-old Akayla Cheng thinks the fairy doors along Brighton foreshore are pretty magical.
Five-year-old Akayla Cheng thinks the fairy doors along Brighton foreshore are pretty magical. Renee McKeown

A BRIGHTON family is bringing a little bit of magic to the northside with the installation of fairy doors along the foreshore.

The doors have been installed along the sea wall in front of Brighton Health Campus between Nineteenth and Twenty-Third Avenues, an area the family (who wish to remain anonymous) has dubbed 'Magic Lane'.

The door maker (who we've dubbed the Mayor of Magic Lane) used to make bird baths and statues out of concrete before crafting the tiny doors.

His wife said, "He makes the doors and our family paints them, then he sneaks down with a silicone gun and puts them in.

"It'll go on for a little while until he gets caught.”

One of the doors along the sea wall in Brighton.
One of the doors along the sea wall in Brighton. Renee McKeown

She said they wanted to do something special for others.

"It was a thing we came up with because we are foster carers,” she said.

"It's a bit of fun with a little mystery that can help people to forget their woes.”

In the past couple of weeks children have added their own fairy doors to the sea wall.

"There were little notes on the doors that said 'I love you' which was really sweet,” the Mayor's wife said.

"It's cute for some of the oldies as well and we love that everyone is trying to figure out who we are.

"We want to keep anonymous.”

Children have added their own doors and letters (saying 'I love you') to Magic Lane in Brighton.
Children have added their own doors and letters (saying 'I love you') to Magic Lane in Brighton. Renee McKeown

Even Doctor Who has visited the fairy doors in Brighton.
Even Doctor Who has visited the fairy doors in Brighton. Renee McKeown

Five-year-old Akayla Cheng is one of the many children who have walked along the foreshore with their parents, trying to pick her favourite door.

"Maybe a fairy or even the tooth fairy (made them),” she said.

"I think they're real, I can't open them.

"I think you need fairy dust to be sprinkled on you, so you get tinier.”

There's one message the Mayor of Magic Lane would like to impart, and that is for people to be gentle with the doors or the fairies will get scared away.

Multiple people have contributed to the fairy doors along Magic Lane in Brighton.
Multiple people have contributed to the fairy doors along Magic Lane in Brighton. Renee McKeown

Teddy the dog from Bracken Ridge checks out one of the newest doors, possibly installed by kids in Brighton who want to add to the magic.
Teddy the dog from Bracken Ridge checks out one of the newest doors, possibly installed by kids in Brighton who want to add to the magic. Renee McKeown

Topics:  art brighton fairy doors little doors magic lane


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