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August 13, 2011
This is a lovely capture - a beautiful concept behind it too. Wonderful work!
keys to success by =xthumbtakx
Featured by Kaz-D
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keys to success

a wall of keys in downtown wilmington..

Artist: Dixon Stetler
Project Name: "Keys with a View"
Number of Keys: 56,000+
Installation Date: 2009

"For the little girl with her diary, a key represents privacy. For the latchkey kid, it's security. For the 16-year-old who just got his license, it's freedom. For the new homeowner, it's a dream realized."

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Artist's Community Projects Page -…

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thank you so much for the DD!! especially to my friend ^Kaz-D for featuring it!

it's actually pretty funny, i don't go down to see the key wall very often but i was just down there about 2 weeks ago shooting it with my friend ~AndersonPhotography! :giggle:

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broadwayqueenzrule12's avatar

i am sorry but...

(i am sorry, but you either got this picture from google or took a picture of it. so yeah.. and yes, i am using tim curry againts you that way i don't feel like a jerk. )

xthumbtakx's avatar

Huh? I took this photo. Look at the EXIF data. It's not a difficult photo to take.

broadwayqueenzrule12's avatar

oh, sorry. i didn't mean anything harsh by it. it's just my own oppinion. (sending my greatest apologies and some of my love.)

Nightwolf247's avatar
I love this!!! so striking, industrial, yet free-form. I love that it's off-kilter, too for the interesting angle :)

I like how you got the camera to focus specifically on that one key as well.

it's a beautiful photograph worthy of a frame :)
Nightwolf247's avatar
oh, you're welcome :)
skitskitpotter's avatar
Wow, that's a really neat photo! I'm not very well-versed in photography, so I unfortunately don't have much that's intelligent to say... but do you happen to know why the keys are there?
xthumbtakx's avatar
I just read an article about it - had something to do with an art project titled "Keys with a View" where the artist installed 56,000 keys and paperclips on construction fence. The artist created it because keys are a "common denominator" among people - everyone has them. Which I guess isn't really true for the homeless... Regardless, it's mostly just a conceptual piece for people to ogle at and wonder about.

Unfortunately, it was installed back in 2009, so today the key fence has barely 20 or 30 keys on it. Kind of sad to walk by it now, but it was quite a spectacle back then. :)

A few more photos can be found on the artist's "Community Projects" page if you're interested:…
skitskitpotter's avatar
Hmm, that's really interesting, thank you! It's a shame so many of the original keys are missing, but it must still be really nice to look at.
KillerGhost13's avatar
they've been there since forever actually
xthumbtakx's avatar
I'm aware ;) It's been nearly 3 years since I've uploaded this and was fairly new to the Wilmington area. Now I know they are still around but I have yet to figure out why.
KillerGhost13's avatar
My mom said it was something about luck some fancy town tale
KirimiziOfCourage's avatar
...Can I have a key? ^^;

Just kidding. But wonderful deviation. :D
RedNihao's avatar
Reminds me of the locks that Chineses hang up like this for good fortune in life :)
styxthedrummer's avatar
I got to see this. great idea
great shot as well
KajdaGingeer's avatar
Heey, can I have one please?
Very nice focused :)
AlessandraImperio's avatar
That's where all the missing keys go!!
Nice picture indeed!!! :)
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