The Loch Ness Monster in Key West!!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Preferred Properties Coastal Realty, Inc.


While listening to local Radio Station 104.1 on Monday (tune in sometime, on my website,, I learned about a new sculpture exhibit depicting, of all things, the Loch Ness Monster, that had been placed in the City of Key West over the weekend.  Well, yesterday morning on my way in to our Key West office, I actually saw this oddity!

The first of the photos below, taken by a "Sculpture Key West" photographer, shows the artist installing the sculpture last Friday.  The Monster measures 12 feet by 12-1/2 feet, and was created by Cameron Gainer of New York.  "Nessie", a very impressive spectacle, is located alongside Truman Avenue, and is easily seen by motorists as they enter the Old Town district of Key West.  I had already heard about the sculpture, but just imagine the surprise to those who drive by expecting to see anything BUT that!!

Gainer is among 34 international and national masters, whose work is being featured in "Sculpture Key West" (click on the link on my website homepage).  The juried exhibition of  which "Nessie" is a part, centers around two of Key West's Civil War-era brick forts, and will include works in a variety of experimental and traditional media.

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Your Florida Keys REALTOR, Bruce Herndon

Comments (12)

Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Bruce, now the mystery of "Nessie" is solved. Thanks for the whereabouts!
Jan 23, 2008 07:36 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
How fun.  I'm sure that will cause a few double takes and hopefully no accidents.
Jan 23, 2008 07:44 AM
Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner

We were wondering were Nessie went!!! Is that you swimming?

Your friend in Charlottesville

Jan 23, 2008 11:06 PM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
Cute - I always wanted to meet Nessie!
Jan 25, 2008 05:38 AM
hi i love the loch ness monster
Jan 27, 2008 11:53 AM
Christopher Tanner

where did he go?  They removed him, just as i was really getting to like him being there. :(

Jul 22, 2008 03:15 AM



Unpublished Artwork Nessie and the Black Man without a face date 1949.-




Nessie in Italian attic mystery

Mystery drawing may have been done by master illusionist

By neil macphail


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02 May 2007

De Feo Raffaele

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Dear DE Feo Raffaele


Thank you for the letter and information that you sent Tate Modern, which have now been

Discussed by the curatorial team at Tate Modern and have been passed to me for reply. While we

Appreciate your thoughtful proposal, exhibitions and displays are planned far in advance. Our

Calendar is now completely booked through 2009, and we are reluctant to commit to any new

Projects until we are fuether along in planning for the shows that are currently being organised by

Our own curatorial staff.


I am sorry to be the bearer of such disappointing news, but on behalf of the team here, I should

Like to wish you every success in realising your idea elsewhere.


Thank you for thinking of Tate Modern.


Yours sincerely,

Aleanor Jones

Director's Office

Tate Modern



Jun 13, 2010 09:55 AM
Michelangelo MARRA

Nessie Loch Ness Monster and the Black Man without a face date 1949-
Artist Maurits Cornelis ESCHER 1898-1972 NL

June 29th 2010, Rome
Great works of art
Andrea Dipré, famous art critique with Antonio Prospero, CEO of the Escher-
Nessie association.
Welcome to you all by Andrea Dipré, presenter of the program The Great Works
of art. The subject of today's program is a drawing of exceptional and
fundamental importance due to its artistic value by the Dutch graphic artist
and engraver Maurits Cornelis Escher who, with his genius, tackled the
geometrical representation of art.
One of his works was found by chance a few years ago, stashed away for decades
in an old and forgotten garage in a small village in the southern region of
Campania. This work is of extraordinary importance.
Escher was loved by scientists, mathematicians and logicians. The work is
dedicated to the myth of the Monster of Loch Ness known as Nessie.
The picture is held together in a wooden oak frame and depicts a mysterious
figure playing a fife who seems to be enchanting the sea creature with his
Here you can see a life-size photo of the original, which is well hidden in a
secret location. On the back of the picture there is the signature of Escher
himself as confirmed by a scientific study of his calligraphy.
The work is a charcoal drawing measuring 53 cm x 42 cm. This extraordinary
piece of art was found, as said above, by chance by policeman Raffaele De Feo.
The calligraphy and signature have been officially recognized. The work is of
amazing importance also due to the sightings of the Monster of Loch Ness which
began in the 1930s.
The work was given to policeman Rafaelle De Feo's mother and brought to Italy
a few years later to Volturara Irpina a small village in the southern province
of Avellino . Escher managed to represent the essence of Nessie. Here is the
life-size photo of the picture. You can contact the owner or Mr. Prospero for
more information, and have the chance to see the original which belongs to myth
rather than history.
The work, I remind you, is an Escher, the great Dutch artist who was born in
1898 and died in 1972. Mr. Prospero is also working hard to make the piece of
art obtain the recognition it deserves. It has already had great success by a
vast public, but my wish is for it to obtain even larger and wider popularity.
Thank you.

Nov 25, 2010 09:08 PM
Michelangelo MARRA

Maurits Cornelis ESCHER - NESSIE date 1949


Descritption of the work of art

The moon is well visible high in the dark sky which reflects its yellowish
light on a waving sea. From underneath this mass of water emerges a monstrous
The famous Monster of Loch Ness emerges from the water by the music plyed by a
mysterious faceless flute, or fife, player.
The faceless player shows no human features, such as nose, ear or left eye.
On the left side of the picture rises the mysterious creature known as
‘Nessie'. Its body is easily visible in the centre-left part of the
composition, with its long neck coming out of the water turning its head
towards the player. Nessie shows the right side of her face and large horns
under the moonlight. Both figures are encircled by a mysterious halo which
gives them a saint-like appearance.
The picture gives us the idea that Nessie will not emerge from its hidden
waters if not called by the mysterious flute player. Such as the harp, the
flute is considered an instrument played by the gods.
At the back of the picture on the upper left side we can see a dedication from
the famous Dutch graphic artist and engraver , M.C. Escher 18.01.49.
On the lower right side, the signature of the artist, with the cataloging or
number of registration.
The frame is in oak, 42cm x 53cm

Nov 25, 2010 09:10 PM
This is a LIE!!!!
Jan 18, 2012 03:15 AM
This is a LIE!!!
Jan 18, 2012 03:17 AM
This looks fake!
Jan 18, 2012 03:18 AM