Key to the City Review

“Must an artwork have a single author?  If we can all participate, who made this artwork?”  This quote was just one of many that lined the cue while waiting for the ceremony for the exchanging of keys.  Yet this one stood out the most because what really dictates the author to the work of art, the person who creates the work or the people who experience the emotion.  What is art without other people to view and experience the piece? Paul Ramirez’ Key to the City completes this task of giving the power to the viewer while also giving people the chance to experience New York City’s hidden “wonders.”

The Key to the city creates a great way to bring more people to important landmarks of New York City, yet is another tool to help bring more tourism and revenue to the city. This concept for the key to the city is not the first exhibit, especially with Ramirez himself.  But the first hand experience was what made this event special as apposed to something cool you read about.  Standing on an approx 1’-6” high elevated platform layered with artificial turf and a railing encasing the podium in the middle of time square, I felt elevated and attention centered.  I witnessed that many people either loved the feeling of being at attention (I certainly did) or others were highly embarrassed from being in the limelight.  Nevertheless, Ramirez brings you power by enveloping you within the city, while giving you the key to unlock its secrets.

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