Delta: The House Of Blues

Delta doorway

The fabled Mississippi Delta is a small, alluvial flood plain between Memphis Tennessee and Vicksburg Mississippi – the home of the blues and rock and roll. Unlike your average river delta (note the small ‘d’) it’s not at the junction between a river and the sea.

The House Of Blues is Orlando’s tribute to the Delta. This door is flanked by the crossroads at Clarksdale, immortalised in several songs, and a map where the Delta appears as a soil-coloured triangle. The path of the Mississippi River is indicated by a gap in the artwork, letting us see through to the wooden boards.

The house of blues

This shows the door in context, before the doors open for the day, looking like the stage set it is. The real-life Delta is changing rapidly, my Delta-born friends tell me: many of its towns and cities are less vibrant than a few decades ago, even as the region’s musical legacy spreads out around the world.

The other doors from The House Of Blues are beautifully designed too. I haven’t mastered the knack of getting everything straight, have I? – but I wanted to share them anyway.

Wine bottle chic

This close up shows the custom-decorated bottles you can make out dimly over the door on the right, pictured above. It intrigues me how well these wine bottle paint jobs work together: it’s a masterclass in how to mix and match colours and patterns. The shelf, ceiling and wall has oodles of Delta chic too.

I’m submitting this to Norm’s Doors. Please take a look at the other submissions if you have chance.

37 Replies to “Delta: The House Of Blues”

    1. I have those weeks too. I saw several people observing that combination of delta and change was like the recent prompt ‘transient’. I skipped that one. I know flowers are all transient but I’ve been reading the news too often. Thinking about transience at the moment gives me the kind of brain freeze you might associate with eating way too much ice cream.

  1. Wow. My eyes are running all over the place, trying to take everything in. Thank you for showing me “Delta chic” — I had no idea!

    1. There’s a lot going on isn’t there? It amuses me how the fans appear in slow motion in the top two shots. I didn’t think about that at the time.

      1. Fans? There are fans? (That’s what I said to myself.) Of course I had to come back to look. My eyes just couldn’t do it all. Besides which, I was completely taken with “mythic door” — that was more than enough for my perceptive abilities in one moment. I love the concept.

    1. I love places where artists and designers all seem to be in plain view, doing what a jazz musician might call riffing.

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