Belgian artist Elke Lemmens is cultivating connections in neighborhoods throughout Antwerp in spite of the pandemic. She is installing miniature figures inside cigar boxes, which tell stories about the inhabitants of people from all walks of life, past and present, who live in older houses in the city. Boot-scrapers -- an architectural feature common in a bygone era throughout Europe and the US -- are being used as stages for her creations. "So many people have so many stories behind their doors," Lemmens told the Associated Press. "Every one of these stories fits into one of these wooden cigar cases, and I write the names of the (property) owners in chalk on the front," she said.

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