December 21, 2005
Don’t be surprised if you see a 24-foot aluminum lightning bolt, a 10-foot steel dog or a 16-foot stack of toilets coming into town this week.
Strange sights may be the norm in Key West, but the 11th annual Sculpture Key West exhibition, which opens on January 15 at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, has enticed the participation of an international entourage of sculptors—and their work promises to delight, excite, challenge and stir creative souls.
Argentinean, Cuban, French and Australian artists, as well as sculptors from the Netherlands and Germany, will join an impressive pool of local talent including John Martini, Susan Rodgers, Larry Estridge, Jacky Sanchez, Lauren McAloon and Rick Worth during Sculpture Key West installation week, January 7 to 14.
You’ll see the works in progress—cranes lifting pieces high into the air, artists and volunteers placing sculptures and, in some cases, creating the work on site. Among the more than 90 sculptures in the exhibition are a giant Chia-dog, big red feet, a sea turtle, Speedos, a juggler, a horse, graceful dancers, a driftwood boulder, a seaweed maze, a wrecked boat, ducks, sheep, birds, a scorpion and disco balls. Installation week will be a very exciting time to be out at the park, but be warned. You might be asked to lend a hand!
Sculptures will also be installed at numerous locations around town including the entrance of Bayview Park, the Keys Energy building, the Custom House, the Tropic Cinema, the historic Gato Cigar Factory, the Coffee and Tea House, pocket parks at Angela and Grinnell streets and Flagler Ave. and 18th streets, the Key West Citizen building, East Martello near the airport, and the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Stock Island.
On Friday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m., the Schooner Liberty Artists’ Sunset Sail will depart from the Hilton dock, which will be your first opportunity to see the exhibition by sea and to meet the sculptors, who will be aboard. For tickets, which cost $49, call 305-292-0332.
From January 15 to March 17, the Sculpture Key West exhibition can be explored every day at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park from 8 a.m. to sunset. A detailed map of all the public art on the island and at the park will be offered in the program.
Park fees will be waived from 3-6 p.m. on Opening Day, which is Sunday, January 15. At 4 p.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Mayor Morgan McPherson will issue a proclamation declaring January 15 “Sculpture Key West Day” at a newly installed tiki hut in the field.
Volunteer help is definitely needed; please call 305-295-3800 or visit www.sculpturekeywest.com for more information.
information, contact Karley Klopfenstein