Skeleton Key to Many Cities
Toronto, Canada: Casey House, 2010
1.5 x 5.5″
Edition of 125
A "Key to the City" is an honor bestowed by a mayor or city council to esteemed residents and visitors. The practice evokes the time of medieval walled cities, whose gates would be guarded during the day and locked at night. The key therefore symbolizes that the recipient is a "trusted friend of the city" and is therefore free to enter and leave the city at will.
Sasaki presents the buyer with a 'skeleton' or 'master' key, capable of opening multiple locks. The work is made of cast pewter and housed inside a black velvet case.
It is available from the publisher (in aid of their compassionate HIV/AIDS programs, which include inpatient care, day health program, community care and outreach, and social community programming) for $125, or at the Edition Art Book Fair this week, for the discounted price of $65.00.