Key West pedestrian mall

Submitted by colin selig

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Client: The City of Key West

Location: Key West, FL, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $25,400

Project Team

Artist

colin selig

colin selig sculpture LLC

Public Art Agent

liz young

Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Overview

The oceanfront block of Key West’s most famous street is transformed into a “pocket park” pedestrian mall with a private-public partnership.

Goals

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.

Process

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.