The fact that the City of Key West has
an Art in Public Places Board is not unique. Many other cities have them,
and Mayor Jimmy Weekley promised upon his election that he would create a
new citizen-appointed board to serve as a vehicle to showcase the islands'
wealth of artistic talent.
But what is unique is the fact that the Key
West Art in Public Places Board has partnered with the City to create two
new outstanding murals at its north Stock Island incinerator, known as the
Southernmost Waste to Energy Facility.
"How many other cities can boast of an
artistic trash incinerator site?" said Mayor Weekley. "City
staff wanted the Waste to Energy Facility to be a good community neighbor,
so we've moved forward on several beautification initiatives."
The most noticeable improvement upon
reaching the site is the large panoramic beach seascape created by Chod
Stine on the side of the building facing West College Road. This artwork
represents one of the largest murals in the Florida Keys. On a wall facing
neighboring Gerald Adams Elementary School, Jae DeVoe has colorfully
re-created a scene from the children's story Gulliver's Travels.
"The Board thought that this mural was
an outstanding choice for this environment," said Art in Public
Places Board Chairman Frank Garner. "I hope the kids really enjoy
A third mural by Dick Moody will be
finished in the fall. It will feature a 3-dimensional stainless steel
Hammerhead Shark mounted on a sea blue background. Once completed, it will
become one of the largest stainless steel creations in the world.
Additionally, City of Key West staff has
just finished the installation of several landscaping improvements to
further beautify the site, including new flower beds. In the near future,
various trees will also be planted.
The City officially dedicated the
improvements at a July 15th, 2002 ceremony at the Southernmost Waste
to Energy facility on Stock Island.
For further information, contact Jay Gewin,
Exec. Asst. to the Mayor & City Commission at 305-292-8252 or via e-mail
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