As of Saturday, Oct. 28, Henry J. Klutho Park in Springfield is home for 10 new stationary residents.
As part of the Sculpture Walk project started by University of North Florida sculpture professor Dr. Jenny Hager and UNF sculpture instructor Lance Vickery, 10 sculptors-Robert Cordisco, Michael Cottrell, Jim Galluci, Donald Gialanella, Craig Gray, Jennifer Rubin, Hanna Jubran, Michele Moushey Dale, Matthjas Neumann and Jenn Peek-were commissioned to bring their ideas to the park and install their original works of art.
In partnership with SPAR (Springfield Preservation and Revitalization), Dr. Hager and Vickery were able to secure $25,000 in state funding, which was then matched by the city of Jacksonville through Councilman Reginald Gaffney. According to Dr. Hager, the installation "is about placemaking."
"The main goal of Sculpture Walk is to bring cultural vibrancy to our city. We want to make city parks inviting, educational and more experiential through the arts. But these projects also help bring commerce to our city and support artists at the same time," said Hager.
The process for selecting the featured artists and their statues was "democratic," Hager said. A committee of eight was selected for the decision, made up of artists, Springfield residents, a member of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and the Board of Sculpture Walk. After reviewing submissions from artists all across the country, the final 10 were chosen in a way to ensure that several varieties of styles and themes were going to be featured in the final installation.
Jacksonville's own self-proclaimed "nomadic" artist/sculptor and UNF student, Jenn Peek, has work featured in the installation. The goal and central purpose of her art and sculptures, said Peek, is to capture life in its "constant state of change."
The piece Peek installed in the Klutho Sculpture Walk-Light Box-is one of the artist's "light boxes." It is a solid example of her idea.
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