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Art in Public Places

May 22nd, 2017 · Leave a Comment

There is an addition of color to Downtown Jacksonville. Sculptural bicycle racks and street furnishings were installed as part of Phase One of the DIA Urban Arts Project, which also include painted JTA Skyway columns and vinyl wrapped utility boxes.

The DIA Urban Arts Project, of the Urban Art Façade and Streetscape Program and funded by the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA), is a multi-phased arts-based civic engagement of public art commissions that promote community development through public art, urban design, and attractive streetscapes in Jacksonville’s downtown urban core.

Phase I commenced in January, 2016 with a Call to Artists requesting that individual artists or artist teams submit images and qualifications to create a total of 34 projects to engage audiences of all ages at the street level. The goal was to further enhance and shape the city’s overall design, functionality, and visual aesthetic. A nine-member Arts Selection Panel, as stipulated by the APP Ordinance, selected six artists from a pool of applicants. All artists participated in public meetings and researched the area prior to submitting their final designs. The six public artists fabricated and installed the streetscape works during the spring of 2017.

Projects include:

  • Skyway columns from the Hemming Park station to the Central station
  • Traffic signal cabinets located on Pearl Street, Hogan Street, and Laura Street
  • Bike racks located on Hogan Street, Laura Street, Adams Street, and Forsyth Street
  • Street furnishings located on Hogan Street near Monroe Street
  • Outdoor sculpture located on Laura Street near Monroe Street

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