KEY WEST, Florida Keys —The tropical island of Key West is to become a unique outdoor sculpture gallery during Sculpture Key West, set for Jan. 15 through Mar. 17, 2006. A majority of the exhibit of large-scale contemporary sculpture will be displayed at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, home to a Civil-War era fort surrounded by a moat, a field, wooded areas, Key West’s best beaches, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Around the island, look for large scale works at the Ferry Terminal, the Key West Botanical Garden, at Bayview Park and more. A map of the island wide artwork is available.

More than 100 pieces in steel, stone, wood, marble and other materials are slated for display, created by 85 artists from the United States and other countries including Argentina, the Netherlands, Cuba and Germany.

Participating artists include leaders in the national and international sculpture world such as Robert Chambers, Ron Fondaw, and Susan Rodgers. Participant John Martini currently has a one person show at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, while New York duo Diana Sphungin and Nichole Engelmann have shown at the prestigious Sculpture Center in NY. The work of many other professional and emerging sculptors is featured as well.

Artwork planned for the 2006 exhibition includes Bradley Lezo’s “Duct Ducklings,” a parade of giant metallic ducks made of heating duct material; Avra Jain’s giant-sized “Alphabet Soup” featuring all 26 letters of the alphabet floating in the moat surrounding the historic fort; and “Color Fields” by Mike Ross, an interactive kinetic sculpture that will wash the viewer with colored light. “Henry” a giant metal dog created by Doug Makemson will be featured day and night along Truman Avenue, a main thoroughfare in Key West.

Organizers encourage site-specific pieces that both enhance and draw meaning from their setting, resulting in an unique confluence of contemporary art and historic environment. Sculptures are specifically designed to be visible from air and sea as well as land, providing viewing opportunities for arriving and departing airline and cruise-ship passengers and boaters in Key West waters, as well as visitors to the popular island.

Jan Garden Castro, acclaimed writer and Sculpture Key West’s 2006 guest advisor, lends her vision to the choreography of the upcoming installation, and to the ongoing creative buzz of Sculpture Key West. By engaging new professionals each year, Sculpture Key West assists its dual mission: promoting sculpture and increasing public exposure to the fine arts and history.

The grand opening reception for the Sculpture Key West exhibition is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the park. Many of the presenting artists are to be on hand during the reception, and artist-led tours are to be offered.

In addition, sculpture aficionados are invited to attend Art Lights Fort Taylor, an after-dark fund-raising benefit that showcases the sculptures dramatically illuminated against the night sea and sky. Planned for 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb 19, the fund-raiser also is to feature live music, a sculptural light show, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails under a canopy of stars.

The Sculpture Key West exhibit can be viewed from 8 a.m. to sunset daily at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, accessible from an entrance on Southard Street past Thomas Street. Daily park entrance fees, which include a pass allowing visitors to leave and return, are $1.50 per person on foot or bike, $3.50 for a motorized vehicle and one person, $6 for a vehicle and two people and fifty cents for each additional passenger. Viewing of the exhibition is free. Additional works around the island can be viewed anytime at no cost.

For information about Sculpture Key West, and for ticket prices for its associated special events, call 305-295-3800, e-mail or visit

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