Wilmington artist asks community for keys

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A local artist is asking the public to donate their unwanted keys for her next project.

Dixon Stether is trying to collect 56,000 keys to place on a fence along Princess Street in Wilmington.  She is hoping the community will help her fill what she calls a blank canvas. Right now she has been able to hang between 600-700 keys on the fence.

The art project will only be a temporary display because the fence is expected to be torn down.  Stether said she is using the keys to make the fence look less like an eye-sore while it is still standing.

"I hope that this will teach people to look at public art in a different way," said Stether.  "It doesn't have to just be a statue. It can be an installation, and everyone gets to participate."

Keys for the project can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Cameron Art Museum
  • Tidal Creek-Co-op
  • UNCW Art Department
  • Folk's Cafe
  • Jengo's Playhouse

Stether's goal is to have Mayor Saffo place a key to the city on the fence.  She expects the project to take several more months to complete.

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