Keys to the City
Howard Meehan, 2010, digitally enhanced photography in laminated glass, powder-coated steel frame, and LED lighting.
Columbia City Hall Plaza
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.