Three locations on the southside of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville will be enhanced with artist-designed intersection and crosswalks in epoxy paints or thermoplastic sheets. The locations are the intersection of San Marco Blvd and Nira Street, by the MD Anderson / Baptist Health Cancer Center in San Marco, nearby Children's Way and in front of the popular “duck pond” in the San Jose neighborhood. These vibrant street “canvases” will brighten the pedestrian and driver experience and reinforce the neighborhood identity and place.
The intersection or crosswalks must respond and complement its surroundings. Site specific themes will be generated from community engagement activities and stakeholders discussions for each location. Designs must not have written words, traffic signs or symbols that could be misleading for drivers.
The City of Jacksonville will then contract with specialty firms to convert the painting or design into a digital format for cutting stencils for epoxy or thermoplastic sheets. With these technologies, the street canvas needs to be composed of large, small and even tiny areas of pure color like “paint by numbers” or a printed fabric pattern. Thermoplastic patterns can be seen on I-95 and I-10 as the red, white and blue interstate logos on the freeway lanes.
Artist Services The following activities may be required: Community Engagement Design of Crosswalk or Intersection Coordination with specialty firm until the digital version meets the artist’s vision.
Anticipated Art Project Schedule Artist Selection: November 18, 2020 Design Approved: January 2021 Installation: Winter/Spring 2021
Art Project Budget The artists will be paid $3,500 for the intersection and $1,750 for crosswalk designs.
This project is initiated by Jacksonville City Council Member LeAnna Cumber utilizing the new funds provided by the Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council for artistic crosswalks throughout the city.
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.