Chilean contemporary art gallery Departamento 21 commissioned Sebastian Errazuriz to re-design the entry door of the gallery as a sculpture, an art piece in and of itself.
The gallery, located on two floors of a residential apartment building in Santiago, has always functioned behind a common unmarked door, with no outward signs that announce or indicate the presence of the gallery.
While attempting to come up with a concept Sebastian Errazuriz explains: "I tried to resist 'designing a door'. I didn't want to create a door that was sculptural or pictorial, I wanted the door to hopefully continue to blend with the rest of the building and maintain its apparent anonymity as just another a normal apartment; nevertheless I also wished to leave a small clue that would invite the passerby to stop, look twice and maybe suspect that things where different."
"It occurred to me that we have used door viewers for a couple hundred years... we have been stupidly squinting and closing our eyes for all this time, why not have two viewers instead? We have had binoculars for even longer."
The two viewers are placed - inverted - inside the door, thus allowing people outside the door to approach and look inside the apartment and see the current exhibition, which remains illuminated even when the gallery is closed.