The Red Nun at Crane Point

Red Nun at Crane Point

Have you seen the artwork that is being erected on the Overseas Highway in front of Crane Point and wondered what was going on?  It is the newest installation in the ongoing Florida Keys Sculpture Trail.  Stop by for a visit as it’s being completed.

Extending from Islamorada to Key West, the Florida Keys Sculpture Trail consists of large-scale works of art along the Overseas Highway.

The sculptures were originally created by artists participating in the prestigious Art Students League of New York’s “Model to Monument” program. These pieces of artwork were originally installed along the Hudson River in Manhattan’s Riverside Park.

The Florida Keys Sculpture Trail is the brainchild of two Florida Keys philanthropist, John Padget, and the late Jacob Dekker.  It has been a collaborative effort involving the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, the County’s Art in Public Places Committee and Elizabeth Young, Executive Director of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

Marathon has been the host to “Leaves of Grass’ by Markus Holtby which is standing by the Art Studio at 12353 Overseas Highway and welcomes the second which is currently being installed in front of Crane Point Hammock at 5550 Overseas Highway.  The artist, James Mikhel Emerson, is here all the way from France working with volunteers and the employees of Crane Point to install this latest piece of art.