The Orion

Sculpture made of keys from Camp Fire survivors revealed

The Phoenix contained over 18,000 keys and stood tall in the center of the building. Photo credit: Melissa Herrera

Rayanne Painter

November 12, 2019

Only three days after the Camp Fire, artist Jess Mercer began asking for keys owned by survivors from the Ridge. Any key: cars, houses, businesses, safes, boats, diaries, etc. were accepted.. After just a year, Mercer had collected upwards of 18,000 keys from items lost in the fire. Little by little, she ...

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Jess Mercer