Monday, July 20, 2009

Keys to success and happiness. Out of reach by the thousands.


This large sculpture stands in a brick patio area connected by walkways on the south side of Kate Jackson Community Center in Anderson Playground. It is called Reliquary. It was part of the City of Tampa Public Art Program when installed in 2001. The hundreds if not thousands of keys are now woven together with moss from the overhanging oak trees that surround this cool, private slice of Florida paradise. Palms and philodendrons crowd in close to the quiet space. A key was attached to every one of the tiny, closed hooks when the piece was first installed. Curious kids - big and small - have removed many of the lowest hanging ones but now most are out of reach. Click on the closeup view at left to see the incredible variety of metals, shapes and colors of the keys that make up this attractive and most unusual sculpture.

5 comments:

Don and Krise said...

You know, I think most of us bloggers have posted some sort of sculpture at some time, I know I have more than once. Ones like this grab my attention. Really interesting. Thanks for the close-up Frank.

Hilda said...

I like the colorful ones but I'm disappointed there are no antique keys ;)

Love the plants in this peaceful spot.

B SQUARED said...

Kind of a neat idea.

Lois said...

Very unique and interesting!

Vogon Poet said...

Stunning and original piece of art, the details of the keys are impressive. I like the idea and the setting, really a nice catch.