Client: The City of Key West
Location: Key West, FL, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $25,400
Colin Selig Sculpture LLC
Public Art Agent
Florida Keys Council of the Arts
The oceanfront block of Key West’s most famous street is transformed into a “pocket park” pedestrian mall with a private-public partnership.
Michael Halpern, who owns the Southernmost House Hotel, the only Victorian Mansion on the island, partnered with The City of Key West and the adjacent Southernmost Hotel to redevelop the 1400 block of Duvall Street, where previously there were nine diagonal parking spaces and a dirty garbage bin. The new small park includes large curved planting beds, a set of concrete pads for a rotating sculpture exhibit, and five of Colin Selig’s sculptural benches to be enjoyed by pedestrians along the way to the oceanfront view and jetty.
The park cost nearly $1 million to construct including a sizable drainage system due to its proximity to the ocean. For the public art component Liz Young, Public Art Administrator for the City of Key West’s Art in Public Places program worked closely with her Board, Mr. Halpern and artist Colin Selig to come up with five different bench designs for designated locations within the park. Coral-toned colors were selected to match the setting. The benches were repurposed from scrap propane tanks in the artist’s California studio and shipped to Key West.