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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."

Star News Article - www.starnewsonline.com/article…
Artist's Community Projects Page - mica.digication.com/dixonstetl…

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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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Given 2011-08-13
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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Nightwolf247 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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 :)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
:aww: Thanks!
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Nightwolf247 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, you're welcome :)
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skitskitpotter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Writer
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?
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
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: mica.digication.com/dixonstetl…
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skitskitpotter Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Writer
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.
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KillerGhost13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they've been there since forever actually
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
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.
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KillerGhost13 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mom said it was something about luck some fancy town tale
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KirimiziOfCourage Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
...Can I have a key? ^^;

Just kidding. But wonderful deviation. :D
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
=p thanks!
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KirimiziOfCourage Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
No problem. :D
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RedNihao Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of the locks that Chineses hang up like this for good fortune in life :)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
:D :nod:
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styxthedrummer Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I got to see this. great idea
great shot as well
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
thanks! :)
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KajdaGingeer Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Heey, can I have one please?
Very nice focused :)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
:D thanks!
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malanotte Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011   Artist
That's where all the missing keys go!!
Nice picture indeed!!! :)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
:giggle:
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Mutemuse Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
very cool
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InkOnHerLips Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I love that wall of keys. I'm sort of hoping that when the construction is over they don't just tear it down. You took a beautiful shot.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
:D thanks!
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soradioactive Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
[link] :Featured :heart:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
:glomp:
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soradioactive Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
I'd love to see other shots of this street / these fences! Like ones that see many more of the keys there.. That would be quite awesome!
This shot is wonderful as well. I'm sure it's such a sight to see (:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
it definitely looks better up close. from a distance, it doesn't look like anything special - rather shabby, actually.
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soradioactive Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I understand your perspective. Perhaps one day I'll be so lucky as to gaze upon that sight myself. I'm glad you could share a glimpse for all of us who cannot make it, though (:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
even though you're on the other side of the country.. ^^; :giggle:
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soradioactive Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
I plan to travel :la:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
haha! whenever i go home, i use i-40 which travels from barstow, ca to wilmington, nc - right where these keys are! i always see the sign that says "Barstow, CA 2,554" :giggle: so it's a bit of a haul, but plenty of other people have made the trip to and from CA!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Awesome work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
:aww: thank you! :heart:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
My pleasure. You're always very welcome! :hug:
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fallowfrenzy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
:dance:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
:woohoo:
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fallowfrenzy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
:squee:

And my personal favorite....


:onfire::onfire::onfire::onfire:

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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
:ohnoes: :XD:
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fallowfrenzy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Ehehe. c:




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AndersonPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
WOOOO!! :D so YOURE the reason i got 20 faves. XD
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
lol! perhaps. ;) also mentioned you in the devID upload of mine... >>; because, well, you took the photo and all. =p
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AndersonPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D Yay. wait, what? you uploaded a photo of you that i took?
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
yep, just majorly cropped. ;)
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AndersonPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
haha! didnt need to be. :)
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
yessssss it didddddd.
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AndersonPhotography Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
pscht, whatever
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
EXCELLENT image. :worship:
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
:giggle: thanks!~
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