2023 Original SOLD, SIgned by Rafael Medina and Danny Acosta
Signed Numbered of 50
Hand Marked Artist Proofs of 10
Canvas and Aluminum
The first collectors of this very special Edition will receive an autographed photograph, signed by Grandfather and Mentor Danny Acosta.
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In mid-century Key West, Danny Acosta did a lot of work painting signs for small businesses like local charters and marinas. In the mid 1970s, just for fun, Danny began playing around with different designs about a “Southernmost Point of Southernmost City”, and started painting these words on huge slabs of wood in his tropical back yard.
Musings like “Home of The Sunset” and “90 Miles To Cuba” came to mind and it gave the family joy to see him paint so playfully about their beautiful island. Then one day, a neighbor saw these playful signs and brought it to the attention of the city. The city of Key West was delighted and commissioned the first sign from Danny right away.
Over the years, the painted signs were stolen 3 separate times, and the city had to hire Danny again and again to remake the beloved landmark. Then, in 1983 the first “un-stealable” concrete monument was commissioned to Danny by the City of Key West.
Some of the first drafts for this commission were done while little Rafael "Tony" played games around the backyard as Danny contemplated ideas and drafted some patterns, incorporating many of his initial designs he had done just for fun, just for the family.
Danny Acosta’s Buoy became the official and final monument to the “Southernmost Point” in the Continental USA. The original lettering patterns for the first Buoy are now in the loving care of his Grandson, Key West Fine Artist and Gallery Proprietor, Rafael Medina.
Danny’s casual paintings, which were never intended to be seen publicly, have gracefully evolved into one of the main focal points of the Key West experience. The iconic work of art is now one of the most photographed landmarks in the country, with the city of Key West estimating that over 1 billion photos and selfies are taken every year at the Southernmost Point Buoy, in the Southernmost City of Key West.
Island Boy Arts by Rafael Medina Studio Gallery
291 Front Street, Suite 212
Key West, Florida 33040
Island Boy Arts by Rafael Medina Fine Art Gallery
124 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
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