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08/15/2016 ~ As per local building codes, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) earmark approximately $54,000 to Art in Public Places (AIPP) installations as part of its recent Service Building renovations. To fulfill the AIPP requirement, KEYS installed artwork that could be appreciated both inside and outside of its headquarters.

KEYS installed six large canvases by local photographer Leo Gullick in its main customer lobby depicting equipment in the now decommissioned Key West Steam Plant. The interior artwork totaled $16,650.

The final component of KEYS’ AIPP installations was an exterior sculpture by local sculptor Daniel Siefert. The sculpture was installed on Saturday, August 13th, after months of construction by the artist, and coincided with KEYS’ 73rd anniversary of providing power to Key West and the lower Florida Keys. The exterior sculpture totaled $38,000.

The exterior sculpture is entitled ‘Weather or Not’ and is comprised of seven 12’ 6” stainless steel abstract lightning bolts, each weighing approximately 450-lbs. While the artists original inspiration was power derived from lightning, the original form of electricity, observers can also interpret a flock of birds, a school of fish, sailboats at sea, or a group of tourists walking the island. Siefert added, “as with beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Artist Daniel Siefert makes final adjustments to his ‘Weather or Not’ sculpture at KEYS’ Service Building on Saturday, August 13th.

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