Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Key West Sculptures at Fort Zachary State Park.

Sculpture Key West, an annual show of contemporary work celebrated its 15th year in 2010. The annual installation presented a significant portion of its show at Fort Zachary State Park, a dramatic back drop for the modern sculptures.

The internationally acclaimed exhibition was juried by a panel of art experts led by Shamim M. Momin, Associate Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and co-curator of the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

Made of bamboo, the pyramid honors the Native Americans who once inhabited this island. The indians who once lived here were gone before the Spaniards claimed the island. They named it Cayo Hueso, which in Spanish means Island of Bones, for the remains of earlier inhabitants. The Americans pronounced it Key West.

Truly musical chairs.

The show runs through April 18 at Fort Zachary. More information on the sculptures at Sculpture Key West.

Florida's southernmost state park is popular with locals and visitors alike for its beautiful beaches, shaded picnic areas, turquoise waters and sunset views. History buffs also find much of interest, as the fort was one of several constructed in the mid-1800s to protect shipping along the Florida Straits, as well as the strategic deep harbor in Key West. The area was made a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

There’s excellent snorkeling and swimming, a concession stand for refreshments and a tiki hut where you can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas. Many consider Fort Zach to be the most beautiful spot in Key West. It’s a must see. The park located in Key West at the end of Southard Street on Truman Annex. Fees are minimal. More information on the Park.