Design for Duval County Courthouse Art Project Announced June 1st | Jax daily record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The winner of the design competition for the Duval County Courthouse’s public art project will be announced on June 1 at 9 a.m. on the courthouse lawn, the city announced on May 28.

Mayor Lenny Curry will make the announcement along with Greater Jacksonville Council of Culture Executive Director Diana Donovan.

The 3-acre lawn by the courthouse is becoming a safe, active city park with multiple rooms for small events, free speech, and sculpture, according to a city press release.

After a national search and evaluation of more than 140 submissions, the Committee for Art in Public Spaces has selected three finalists:

• Cliff Garden by Cliff Garden Studio in Venice, California.

• Walter Hood of Hood Design Studio in Oakland, California.

• Matt Niebuhr and Dave Dahlquist of RDG Art Studio in Des Moines, Iowa.

The project’s budget of $ 619,000, 0.75% of the cost of building the courthouse, was set aside by local ordinance for installations of art in public places.

It’s the largest budget for an art installation since the city council’s inception of the program in 1997, with the longest list of design restrictions designed to ensure public safety and control maintenance costs.

In June 2020, the Duval County Courthouse’s advocacy committee approved the following requirements: no trees should be planted, no water features or long-term seating installed, and any landscaping should be easily maintained with lawnmowers, leaf blowers and pressure washing.

In addition, the site plan must include a possible future restoration of Monroe Street between Pearl and Julia Streets, along Adams Street and the south side of the courthouse.

The project is expected to be completed in around 10 months.

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