July 9, 2019: Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden

 

Late one afternoon while we were heading towards Mallory Square to enjoy Key West's nightly celebration of the setting sun, my brother and I came upon this Memorial Sculpture Garden, which remembers and pays tribute to some of Key West's most famous residents.

The Sculpture Garden opened in September 1997 and there are nicely made busts of 36 men and woman who lives impacted the history of Key West.  Most of these are of local people unknown to most of us, but there are several that are easily recognized. 

These include Ernest Hemingway...

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President Harry S. Truman....

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...and Tennessee Williams.

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All of these busts were crafted by artist James Mastin.  The Sculpture Garden was privately funded (Friends of Mallory Square, Inc), and the names of contributors are indicated on bricks in the walkway.

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The garden is popular, with a million people visiting each year.  Most people don't stay too long, so you probably won't find it very crowded.

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