Free with your Arts! Key West button
Brunch aboard the CGC Ingham floating museum
Enter the Southard Street gate to Truman Annex and drive straight to the waterfront parking
Button-holders are invited to TSKW’s “Blow-Up Brunch” Sunday, December 1 aboard the CGC Ingham at the Truman Waterfront from 10am to noon. Enjoy a bagel buffet and to top it off, fresh mimosas will be available for purchase. “Giants in the City flips our perceptions of both the urban landscape and the artists involved in such a brilliant and fun way,” says Jed Dodds, Executive Director of TSKW. “The Studios couldn’t have been happier to hear they were coming to Key West and jumped at the opportunity to help make it happen.”
The Art! Key West Event
Key West, Florida – November 26, 2013 – Did someone utter the challenge “Go big or go home” to the organizers of ART! Key West!™ (AKW!) this year? Quite possibly, but given the local creative community’s tendency to live, work, and play to the fullest, it’s only natural that the second annual festival would include international collaborators in executing the festival’s vision of elevating the city’s reputation as an arts destination.
From November 29 through December 1, just days before Art Basel kicks off on December 5, AKW! builds on the buoyant momentum that makes living on this island so exciting. GIANTS IN THE CITY, a monumental public art show sponsored by The Studios of Key West (TSKW) at the Truman Waterfront, will literally rise to the occasion as ten inflatable sculptures created by artists from countries including Colombia, Cuba, France, Holland, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the United States grow before festival-goers’ eyes this weekend.
Miami-based project founder Alejandro Mendoza describes the ephemeral beauty of watching the colorful Giants fill with air in terms of the “parallel idea of equality between the space and the time” and its long-lasting impact on the viewer. “It’s wonderful to watch,” adds his wife Noor Blazekovic, executive director of GIANTS and editor-publisher of the art magazine Irreversible. “People are smiling. Kids are playing around. You need to be there to understand.”
Everyone is welcome to watch the spectacle, and viewers with an AKW! button (see ArtsKeyWest.com for details) are invited to board the Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, flagship of the Key West Maritime Museum and a National Historic Landmark, to photograph Giants from its deck. (For a separate charge, tours of the vessel are also available on Saturday; flat shoes only allowed on deck.)
Bone Island Shuttles will run between AKW! hubs this weekend (Saturday: Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene Street; Sunday: Doug Mayberry Real Estate, 1075 Duval Street) and the Truman Waterfront from 10am to 4pm. See ArtsKeyWest.com for details.