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keys to success by xthumbtakx keys to success by xthumbtakx
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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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 )
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 :)
xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
:aww: Thanks!
Nightwolf247 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, you're welcome :)
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?
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:…
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.
Rosemary1225 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they've been there since forever actually
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.
Rosemary1225 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My mom said it was something about luck some fancy town tale
Triforcaofcourage Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
...Can I have a key? ^^;

Just kidding. But wonderful deviation. :D
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