For Immediate Release
March 31, 2006

And the winner is…
Sculpture Key West People’s Choice Awards
Announced at Closing Party

Sculpture Key West officially ended its 2006 show with an awards ceremony and party for artists and SKW supporters at Lucky Street Gallery, Saturday, March 25. Most of the artists were in town to deconstruct their large-scale works that have dotted the fields and beaches of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park since mid-January.

After the ballots were counted, the People’s Choice awards were announced:




Best by Land (sponsored by the Key West Citizen): Rick Worth, In Memory of Kido. Worth’s large-scale homage to his late, lamented three-legged dog was a Chia pet grown large and blooming with impatiens. Runners-up: Colorfields, the site-specific audience participation work by Mike Ross and Nicole Whelan, and Barbara Vogel’s Juggler, made of mango wood felled by Hurricane Wilma.


Best by Sea (sponsored by the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships): Cecilia Lueza’s Sun Dancer sculpture, two larger-than-life dancing figures garbed in brilliant oranges and yellows. Runner-up: Johnny Tsunami by Larry Estridge.

Best by Air (sponsored by American Eagle Airlines): Avra Jain for Alphabet Soup, brilliant plastic letters that floated in the moat around the fort.

Earlier, during the annual Art Lights Fort Taylor fundraiser in February, several other awards were announced:

The Grand Esplanade Award (sponsored by Bob Crane): Colorfield, Mike Ross and Nicole Whelan took first place; second was won by Antuan, for his stacked toilets, The Nature of Men; third, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, for Indicator, the field of bright pink poles.



The Duke Rood Award (sponsored by a large group of the late wood sculptors friends and patrons including Judith Gaddis, Elaine Weitzen, Frank Marshal, Harry and Marie Mathews, Bill and Peyton Budinger, Linda and Michael Mewshaw, Marguerite Whitney, Annie Dillard and Bob Richardson, and David Wolkowsky): Barbara Vogel’s Juggler.



The Jim Racchi Award (Racchi, a park employee and metal sculptor, had the initial vision of a sculpture exhibition almost 13 years ago) : Katherine Doughy, Shallow Cisterns Spiral. This site-specific award is sponsored by Kenn Edwards and Roger Emmons.


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