Keys to the City

Keys to the City Photo

Howard Meehan




digitally enhanced photography in laminated glass, powder-coated steel frame, and LED lighting.

Columbia City Hall Plaza
701 E Broadway, Columbia, MO

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Completed in May 2010, the Keys to the City sculpture is the biggest Percent for Art project undertaken by the city to date. This large-scale sculpture commemorates Columbia’s history and includes imagery of local landmarks, and notables like Mary Paxton Keeley and John William “Blind” Boone, set against a backdrop of local historical maps. They keyhole-shaped sculpture serves as a main portal to city hall. Its design and placement are essential to the artist’s intended metaphor, that an active and involved citizenry is the key to a prospering community.

Percent for Art: Keys to the City from Office of Cultural Affairs on Vimeo.