Duval County Courthouse Plaza project will transform the three-acre lawn into a work of public art for the citizens and visitors of Jacksonville. After several community dialogues, surveys and a design charrette, stakeholders from the courthouse, downtown development and the arts endorsed the following in June 2020:
The Duval County Courthouse Plaza is a safe active urban park with multiple spaces for small events, free speech and sculptures. The entire plaza is a dignified, memorable and iconic work of art with artist-designed elements such as earth berms, pathways, bollards, shade structures and lighting.
To find the best design to transform the urban space, the Art in Public Places committee has appointed an Art Selection Panel. In the fall of 2020, the panel will select three artists to imagine a new courthouse plaza. These design proposals will be presented to Jacksonville in the Spring of 2021 for thoughtful discussion before the Art Selection Panel recommends to build one of three designs. The new work of public art with a national reputation will be completed in mid-2022.
The Duval County Courthouse Plaza is a project of the City of Jacksonville's Art in Public Places (APP) program that is managed by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. The $619,000 in art funding results from the City’s APP Ordinance that required 0.75% of the original Courthouse construction budget be set aside for public art. The Cultural Council is the local art agency supporting arts organizations and artists in Duval County for the benefit of NE Florida.of NE Florida.
In October and November, 2020, the Art Selection Panel will review the applications, interview a small group of artists and select three artists to develop proposals in the Winter of 2020.
168 Artists Applied
On September 22, 2020, 168 artists applied to the Courthouse project. Below is the Call to Artists that was approved by Art in Public Places Committee in August 2020.
On February 8, 2020, artists, architects, urban planners and others gathered at the Haskell offices to discuss and draw ideas for a new plaza. Organized by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Judge Tatiana Salvador, Co-Chairperson Judge Dawn K. Hudson, Co-Chairperson Allison Galloway, Cathedral Arts Project Dr. Diana Greene, Duval Public Schools Maria Hane, MOSH Holly Keris, Cummer Museum Caitlín Doherty, MOCA Jacksonville Preston Haskell, Haskell Company Lori Boyer, DIA Numa Saisselin, Downtown Vision / Florida Theater Chris Flagg, Landscape Architect Aleizha Batson, JTA David Goldberg, JEA Charles Moreland, Office of the Mayor Bill Joyce, Jacksonville Public Works Tim Snyder, Jacksonville University
Staff: Ronique Gibson, Project Manager
Art Selection Panel
Kimberly Kim, Chairperson Judge Tatiana Salvador Judge Dawn Hudson Chris Flagg, Landscape Architect Caitlin Doherty, Director of MOCA Jacksonville Bryant Rollins, Novelist/Journalist Ann-Marie Knight, Vice President at UF Health Lori Boyer, CEO of Downtown Investment Authority Teresa Eichner, City Office of Finance
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is sponsored in part by the City of Jacksonville and by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida.