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Winning Murals For Yates Garage Towers Announced

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville's Art in Public Places (APP) Committee is launching a series of new public art murals for the downtown urban core with the announcement of two mural design winners for the Art in Public Places Yates Parking Garage mural project. Join us after the jump for a sneak peak at the two winners.

Published February 16, 2013 in Culture      14 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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Jacksonville, Fla. – The building’s new murals will be painted onto existing 50’ stair towers located along Adams Street at the northeast and northwest corners of Market and Newnan streets.

The Arts in Public Places Committee hopes that they will "create a visual connector to accessible public parking, showcase Jacksonville’s dynamic artist community, and the community’s priority to promote greater accessibility to public art for all ages and backgrounds. "

How the murals will 'create a visual connector to accessible public parking' is undertandably vague (Probably this wording was included solely to comply with the grant which funded the project and sounds better than "They are beautifying an otherwise ugly parking garage") but it will showcase a few great local artists in a prominent place.

An Art Selection Panel of local art, design and community professionals, selected two winning designs following an RFP (Request for Proposals) issued in mid-December for artists residing in the five-county First Coast area. Selection criteria were based on artistic excellence, sustainability, related artist experience, level of community engagement, improvement of the pedestrian environment, and the design’s function as an identifier into the Spark District.  

The first mural, by St. Augustine artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre of Milagros Art Collective, will be an abstract design best seen by drivers entering Adams Street from the Hart Bridge Expressway. The second, by Neptune Beach artist Sean Mahan, will feature more figurative and symbolic images to engage audiences closely at the pedestrian level. Work is slated to begin in late February or early March and will be completed in April.

Separately, another colorful mural will undergo a two-week installation process in late February. Funded by Downtown Vision Inc.’s Laura Street Facade Grant Program and Chamblins Uptown. Local street artist Shaun Thurston will paint on-site for the project.

Below are the plans!



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14 Comments

Charles Hunter

February 16, 2013, 08:39:32 PM
Cool!

jerry cornwell

February 17, 2013, 12:43:40 PM
Congrats to the APP committee. You picked some fine pieces and all are excellent artists.

Tacachale

February 17, 2013, 01:16:59 PM
I really dig the one with the oragami cranes.

jcjohnpaint

February 17, 2013, 09:46:15 PM
very nice indeed

Jason

February 18, 2013, 08:45:39 AM
^ Not really sure what that has to do with our local region and culture though....  IMO would have been better to see our local artists showcasing NEFL.

copperfiend

February 18, 2013, 09:03:06 AM
Looks really good.

The Compound

February 18, 2013, 09:30:26 AM
^ Not really sure what that has to do with our local region and culture though....  IMO would have been better to see our local artists showcasing NEFL.

It was an open contest to artists. It states that the artists are from St. Aug, and Neptune Beach.

Jason

February 18, 2013, 09:53:19 AM
^ I understand that.   :)    My concern is that the winning artwork does not connect/identify with our region, in my opinion.  I like the artwork itself and think it was very well crafted by talented local artists but was does abstract art and Asian looking origami have to do with Northeast Florida? 

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The Arts in Public Places hope that they will "create a visual connector to accessible public parking, showcase Jacksonville’s dynamic artist community, and the community’s priority to promote greater accessibility to public art for all ages and backgrounds. "

How does either of those images provide a visual connection to downtown parking facilities? 

That said, I do think that this artwork will certainly help to add some color and visual vabrancy to the area and I welcome it.   ;)

RockStar

February 18, 2013, 09:39:55 PM
^^ i guess they passed on the mural of the lifted truck and confederate flag...

jaxlore

February 19, 2013, 04:48:02 PM
Interesting might not have been my pick but yes get some art out there.

The Compound

February 19, 2013, 08:28:12 PM
Yeah, I know what you mean. Hard to say not knowing what all was entered. It would be cool to see all the submissions.

jerry cornwell

February 20, 2013, 11:32:35 AM
Yeah, I know what you mean. Hard to say not knowing what all was entered. It would be cool to see all the submissions.
  The two artists featured represent contemporary art that is relatable in all contemporary art appreciated communities. Which Jacksonville is. And increasingly so.
  Shaun Thurston is going to execute a piece that assuredly speaks of Jacksonville and North Florida, albeit in a context some wont be able to connect. But it will be powerful and moving.
  Rockstar, the idea of a lifted truck and the confederate flag, hhmmmmm! Sounds pretty good.

hightowerlover

February 21, 2013, 01:35:05 PM
Anything is better looking that a big blank concrete slab.  Hopefuly this can be expanded to other empty parking garages

blfair

February 27, 2013, 08:39:14 AM
Put a bird on it.
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