Jacksonville’s is beginning to experience a real Renaissance of creative change, and local artists are claiming the streets in partnership with the City of Jacksonville and the Cultural Council. Both distinct in their individual art processes and visual designs, local artists Sean Mahan and Milagros Art Collective, represent the very nature of the Northeast Florida’s arts community. Authentic, tenacious, and motivated, both are bringing sustainable visual change to our city. The four 50’ murals represent an eastern entry into the Spark district while formally launching the inaugural Art in Public Places mural initiative, exemplifying the value of public art and its contribution to revitalizing downtown and our daily lives on a monumental scale.
The City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places program, together with the Cultural Council
of Greater Jacksonville, invite the public to the official unveiling of the Yates Parking Garage murals during the August Art Walk.
The ceremony will take place August 7, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot at the corner of Adams and Newnan streets in downtown Jacksonville. The Mayor’s administration and members of City Council are slated to give remarks. Alex Hayward & Friends will provide live music and attendees are encouraged to participate in Art Walk following the ceremony. Four new murals were constructed on the 52 foot stair towers of the Yates Parking Garage at 200 East Adams Street in early July. The murals are the newest additions to the City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places Collection, administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.
The first mural set, titled “Coruscating River”, was created by northeast Florida artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre of Milagros Art Collective. The abstract design is a tribute to the St. John’s River and is best seen by drivers entering downtown from the Hart Bridge Expressway. Neptune Beach artist Sean Mahan created the remaining mural set titled “Girl and Origami”, which engages pedestrians at the street level.
Both pieces act as an entry point into the Spark District, a Cultural Council initiative to revitalize a specific zone in the urban core through arts and culture projects.
About the Art in Public Places Program
Founded in 1997, The City of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places program has been administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville since 2006. Together with the Council, the Art in Public Places Committee strives to acquire, maintain, and perform responsible stewardship of public art to enhance the stature of the City through its commitment to artists and their disciplines as vital elements of urban dynamics and economic development.
About the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance and expression of art and culture. The Council stewards the City of Jacksonville’s annual appropriation to the arts, contributes to economic vitality through art and culture initiatives and leads advocacy efforts to demonstrate the impact and significance of culture in the community.
“I like seeing how art can change an environment, and how people interact with it. Each person is free to have an individual response.”
Milagros Art Collective: Founded by Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre in Railroad Square the epic summer of 2009, MILAGROS first came to fruition. Now MILAGROS comes to feature many members and does everything from murals, installations, music, and tee-shirts. We focus on things that radiate human dignity, and promote all things good.
“Our hope is that this piece will be dynamic enough to keep the public interested in it long after we are gone.”