While it may be a myth that the Spanish explorer and conquistador, Juan Ponce de León, discovered La Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth, there is no question that still today the rich history and unique atmosphere of the Florida Keys attracts droves of vacationers who seek to restore a bit of youth; the calm turquoise waters of the Conch Republic offer an idyllic setting to relax and unwind in America’s Caribbean.
K2M Design wanted to capture this feeling in their renovation of the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort in the heart of Key West, but weren’t having much luck finding inspiration from the artwork proposed by other consultants and vendors thus far in their quest. So, they turned to Farmboy Fine Arts (FBFA) to offer them something comfortable, light and natural, with a ‘beachy’ feel and whimsical element that gives a nod to the region’s colorful history.
FBFA worked with K2M Design to develop an art collection that accomplishes just that: ethereal, organic imagery in gorgeous hues of sand, taupe, champagne, walnut, white and grey, with a dark teal accent. Not to mention, a special metal wall sculpture of Ponce de León’s silhouette as well as one of his Caravel ship.
Over 345 laser-cut aluminum sculptures were produced with a metallic powder-coat finish and were installed with standoffs to create dimension above each guestroom headboard. Now affectionately known as “Ponce and friends” among hotel staff at the property, the sculptures seem to have perfectly captured the convivial spirit that draws tourists, young and old, to the Keys each year.