‘These Truths’ Selected as Art for the Duval County Courthouse | Jax daily record | Jacksonville Daily Record
The public art project in front of the Duval County Courthouse will include two sculptures entitled “These Truths”.
Officials of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, a member of the artist selection committee and a local poet who will contribute to the project, unveiled artist Cliff Garden’s design from the Cliff Garden Design Studio in Venice, Calif., At a press conference on the 1st of downtown structure.
Artist Cliff Garden from the Cliff Garden Design Studio in Venice, California
The art will consist of two stainless steel bands adorned with the words “Justice”, “Equality”, “Justice” and “Freedom”.
The sculpture will depict writings from the basic texts of American democracy with additional contributions from local authors and poets. It is lit up at night.
Garten did not attend the ceremony but provided a video explanation in which he said the installation will provide a place for a public gathering.
“At a time when we are reevaluating what a public monument is, we need new models for making a public sculpture so that the place it forms includes everyone,” said Garten.
Diana Donovan, executive director of the Greater Jacksonville Council of Culture, unveiled the design for the installation of art in public spaces in the Duval County Courthouse at a June 1 press conference at the courthouse.
The local writers contributing to the installation are Yvette Angelique, Sohrab Homi Fracis, Tim Gilmore, Ebony Payne English, and Love Reigns.
“The sculpture will be a focal point for Jacksonville that will house our stories,” Angelique said at the press conference.
She said local contributors will do a “story mining” process to get input from the community on what will be included in the final product.
More than 140 artists have submitted designs for the installation, said Diana Donovan, executive director of the Greater Jacksonville Council of Culture and host of the Art in Public Places program.
She said the process of selecting the artist for the installation, which took a year to narrow down the field, was difficult, but Garten’s submission was unanimously chosen by the Art in Public Places Committee.
Chris Flagg was a member of the artist selection committee for the installation of Duval County Courthouse Art in Public Places.
“This will be a proud symbol of our community,” said Donovan.
Chris Flagg, a vice president at Haskell, was on the selection board and was also the landscape architect when the courthouse was designed 10 years ago.
He described the sculpture as a “target opportunity” and the garden’s presentation was clearly the best.
“His was head and shoulders above the shortlisted artists. It’s done the way we imagined, ”said Flagg.
The budget for the sculpture is $ 500,000, the remainder of the original art in public spaces budget of $ 619,000 for the project after grants were paid to the three finalists for the installation, said Jen Jones, interim director for Art in public places of the Council of Culture.
The original budget was based on 0.75% of the city’s building construction costs foreseen by local ordinance when the Public Art Program was set up in 1997.
Jones said the sculpture is due next summer in conjunction with the city’s bicentenary and the 10th anniversary of the courthouse at 501 W. Adams St.