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05/05/2005 ~ In a continuing effort to beautify the community and bring art into local neighborhoods, Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and Sculpture Key West recently unveiled a new sculpture at KEYS Flagler Avenue Pocket Park, on the corner of Flagler Avenue and Eighteenth Street.

Bob Coon’s Interstellar Object 0501 is a colorful abstract piece which is made of fabricated aluminum and stands 16 feet tall. It has been likened to a cello and Art Deco architecture. Coon lives in Vero Beach, Florida, and has been a contributor to Sculpture Key West for the past two years.

The sculpture was placed at the Flagler Avenue Pocket Park in an ongoing partnership with Sculpture Key West and their art in the community program.

“Sculpture Key West believes that art isn’t something we should make plans to see, or buy a ticket to visit,” said Sculpture Key West Director Karley Klopfenstein. “Instead,” she added, “art belongs where we can bump into it, where it can unexpectedly alter our world.”

The Flagler Avenue Pocket Park is one of three such parks that have been converted from outdated substations into green spaces for the community and surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy. Residents are also welcomed to enjoy the Pocket Parks on Eighth and Grinnell streets. The fourth and final substation conversion is scheduled to take place on Louise Street and is projected to be removed and converted into a Pocket Park later this year.

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