Key West City Hall Murals

Submitted by Ralph Gilbert

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Client: Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Location: Atlanta, GA, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $60,000

Project Team

artist

Ralph Gilbert

Ralph Gilbert Studio, LLC

Client

Keys Arts

Key West City Hall

Overview

Murals face each other across the ramped entry to the Key West City Hall. They are each 5′ x 15′, tapered at the bottom edge to conform to the angle of the ramp. Oil on canvas mounted on panels.

Goals

These works had to be shaped perfectly to conform to their ramped location. The goal was to portray the history, culture and environment of Key West as an active work of art, rather than a chamber of commerce style of promotional imagery.

Process

The collaboration was focused on content, with contributions from local officials, historians, residents and patrons. Key West has a rich history that is highly multicultural and goes far beyond the common perception of a tourist/cruise ship destination.