Arbus Magazine July-August 2012 : Page 32

F LORIDA P UBLIC A RT Organization Awards Recognition to Two Local Projects T he Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), a leading statewide public art organization, selected two public artworks from the Northeast Florida area as top projects for 2011 at the 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review, held during the association’s annual conference in Fort Myers. The selected projects were installed during 2011 and created by artists Jim Benedict, assistant pro-fessor at Jacksonville University, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Tomlinson Master. Artists: Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master. Location: Bird Island Park, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach. Commissioned by Letita Smith in memory of her mother, Eco Story is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the St. Johns County Park System. The park was designed by golf course architect Bobby Weed and is used by the community as a place for contemplation, education and play. Three distinct Northeast Florida natural habitats are represented in the park through landscaping: upland hammock, coastal dune, and freshwater marsh. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of this natural environment. The storytelling area is an amphitheater with a seating area of three, fourteen inch risers. The artists adorned each riser with images of native plants and animals, each corre-sponding with the three different ecosystems represented in the park. A fourth riser behind the performance area has the words “We Are Each a Tile in Nature’s Mosaic.” These words, written by Doris Westervelt’s son, reflect his mother’s love for nature, education, and community. Letita Smith wanted the people who would use the park, to have “ownership” of the mosaic. “To facilitate this, we did several things,” say the artists. “We conducted a workshop for local children to make ‘ fossil’ clay tiles, pressed with flowers and leaves found in the park. Residents of Vicars Landing, the retirement community where Doris Westervelt last resided, participated by gluing tiles to mesh. Many local residents dropped by the studio to help. Home Depot donat-ed supplies and staff helped with installation. Local high school students helped out as well.” As an educational tool, the mosaic is reaching a larger audience at: www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html. Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway feature the mosaic on its website with the names of all the plants and animals. Eco Story can now be enjoyed worldwide. Helen Lessick, renowned public artist and one of the jurors, states about Eco Story – the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial: “This living gathering space is literally for the birds, and is beautifully designed to nestle into the Bird Island Park site. The extraordinary mosaic design and execu-tion is unique as the area has no formal public art program.” Artist: Professor Jim Benedict with Jacksonville University students Don Mills, Matt Ward, Katrina Burns, Elise Gates, Cynthia Sullivan, Laura Heckt, Ryan Rowe, Mike Smith, Taylor Middleton, and Dale Roberts. Location: UF Shands Jacksonville. The Tree of Life is a gathering place for friends, family, and the hospital community to reflect on the lives of the organ donors who have given the gift of life. The memorial is a permanent display that is updated annually to reflect the continued impact of organ donation on the community of Jacksonville. The project was created as a partnership 32 july/august 2012 • arbus magazine

Florida Public Art – Organization Awards Recognition To Two Local Projects

Organization Awards Recognition to Two Local Projects

The Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), a leading statewide public art organization, selected two public artworks from the Northeast Florida area as top projects for 2011 at the 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review, held during the association’s annual conference in Fort Myers.

The selected projects were installed during 2011 and created by artists Jim Benedict, assistant professor at Jacksonville University, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Tomlinson Master.

Artists: Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson
Master.

Location:
Bird Island Park, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Commissioned by Letita Smith in memory of her mother, Eco Story is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the St. Johns County Park System.The park was designed by golf course architect Bobby Weed and is used by the community as a place for contemplation, education and play. Three distinct Northeast Florida natural habitats are represented in the park through landscaping: upland hammock, coastal dune, and freshwater marsh. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of this natural environment.

The storytelling area is an amphitheater with a seating area of three, fourteen inch risers. The artists adorned each riser with images of native plants and animals, each corresponding with the three different ecosystems represented in the park. A fourth riser behind the performance area has the words “We Are Each a Tile in Nature’s Mosaic.” These words, written by DorisWestervelt’s son, reflect hismother’s love for nature, education, and community.

Letita Smith wanted the people who would use the park, to have “ownership” of the mosaic. “To facilitate this, we did several things,” say the artists. “We conducted a workshop for local children to make ‘ fossil’ clay tiles, pressed with flowers and leaves found in the park. Residents of Vicars landing, the retirement community where Doris Westervelt last resided, participated by gluing tiles to mesh. Many local residents dropped by the studio to help. Home Depot donated supplies and staff helped with installation. Local high school students helped out as well.”

As an educational tool, the mosaic is reaching a larger audience at: www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html.

Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway feature the mosaic on its website with the names of all the plants and animals. Eco Story can now be enjoyed worldwide.

Helen Lessick, renowned public artist and one of the jurors, states about Eco Story – the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial: “This living gathering space is literally for the birds, and is beautifully designed to nestle into the Bird Island Park site. The extraordinary mosaic design and execution is unique as the area has no formal public art program.”

Artist: Professor Jim Benedict with Jacksonville University students Don Mills, Matt Ward, Katrina Burns, Elise Gates, Cynthia Sullivan, Laura Heckt, Ryan Rowe, Mike Smith, Taylor Middleton, and Dale Roberts.

Location: UF Shands Jacksonville.

The Tree of Life is a gathering place for friends, family, and the hospital community to reflect on the lives of the organ donors who have given the gift of life. The memorial is a permanent display that is updated annually to reflect the continued impact of organ donation on the community of Jacksonville. The project was created as a partnership between Arts in Medicine at UF Shands Jacksonville and the sculpture program at Jacksonville University.

Helen Lessick comments that the Tree of Life project is a “stunning collaboration of truly civic-minded creative and service professionals.”

“Public art gives each of our communities uniqueness. It focuses attention on the environment in which it is situated and gives our citizens a sense that they are special,” says Terry Olson, FAPAP president and director, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP) was established in 1997; and is one of the first statewide public arts organizations of its kind in the US. The Year in Review is an annual look back at projects installed throughout the state; this year marks the first year FAPAP has chosen to select projects for excellence through a professional jury.

Contact information:
Tree of Life: Organ Donor Memorial
Jim Benedict, jbenedi@ju.edu.
Christina Foard, Project Manager, Arts in
Medicine, UF Shands Jacksonville,
Christina.Hunady@jax.ufl.edu.

Eco Story – the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial:
Wendy Mandel McDaniel, wendymandel@gmail.com.
Jan Tomlinson Master, St. Augustine, FL,
masterjant@hotmail.com
Virginia Simpson, Project Coordinator, Bird Island Park,
(904) 280- 0285.

Read the full article at http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/article/Florida+Public+Art+%E2%80%93+Organization+Awards+Recognition+To+Two+Local+Projects/1106138/117182/article.html.

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