WPBF 25 ABC anchor Jade Jarvis tweeted this photo of the family headed north on I-95 on March 13. The beloved sculpture family will return following the completion of the new concourse at Key West International Airport. JADE JARVIS/WPBF 25

Key West International Airport’s “Happy Family” has left the Southernmost City for New York, but will return prior to the end of the construction phase of the new Concourse A. 

The family of seven was seen March 13 headed out of the Keys on U.S. 1, after which the group was spotted on I-95 north by WPBF 25 ABC anchor Jade Jarvis.

“We’ve received many comments on their journey as they head to New York,” said Richard Strickland, executive director of airports for Monroe County. “The family members are in need of a vacation after standing in the sun and welcoming travelers at the airport since taking up residency on the roof around 2008.”

While in the Empire State, the family will enjoy some rest and restoration until their return. 

“They are a part of the overall plan,” Strickland said.

The group of seven is the work of Seward Johnson, who was a part-time Key West resident. He was best known for his life-size cast bronzes of ordinary people engaged in day-to-day activities. Seward’s work can be seen in public settings throughout the world and at Grounds for Sculpture, a 35-acre public sculpture garden and museum he established in New Jersey to feature the work of leading American and international sculptors.

‘The Happy Family,” a sculpture by artist Seward Johnson, has greeted passengers at Key West International Airport for more than a decade.