Larry Kirkland uses the owl, a traditional symbol of wisdom, to identify the building as a place of information and learning. In ancient Greek mythology, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, was the daughter of Zeus. She was able to change form, often into an owl. The golden key behind the owl incorporates the Greek letters for A and Z, referencing the beginning and the end, while the key itself unlocks the knowledge inside books.
Larry Kirkland (Washington, DC)
Bronze and painted stainless steel (20' x 9' x 9')
Working with local historians and community leaders, Kathryn Freeman used local architecture as the framework for the murals. In response to her invitation, over 1,000 school students wrote the artist regarding their favorite books, characters, and authors which the artist incorporated into the work. The murals include authors with ties to Jacksonville, characters from children's classics historic civic leaders, and favorite local pastimes.
Kathryn Freeman (Chevy Chase, MD)
Acrylic paint on muslin (2 murals, 36' x 18' each)
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Explanation of Murals
The works of ten notable photographers comprise the City of Jacksonville's Art in Public Places Photography Collection. Twenty-nine works are currently displayed in the lower level gallery of the downtown Main Library. The following artists are represented:
- Linda Broadfoot (Atlantic Beach, FL)
- Frank Dienst (Titusville, FL)
- Judy Haberl (Newtonville, MA)
- Tom Hager (Jacksonville, FL)
- Theresa Segal (St. Augustine, FL)
- Jay Shoots (Atlantic Beach, FL)
- Anna Tomczak (Lake Helen, FL)
- Jerry Uelsmann (Gainesville, FL)
- Rick Wagner (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
- Mark Sain Wilson (Atlantic Beach, FL)
The 31-by-8 foot mural, painted by Jacksonville native son Lee Adams, is on display in the Special Collections Department of the Main Library.
Augusta Savage Sculpture
The library had the opportunity to have the small-scale, painted terra cotta female bust appraised and authenticated. As a result, the sculpture of unknown title, which is signed by the artist, is confirmed to have been created by Augusta Savage.
Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962), born and raised in Northeast Florida, became a leading sculptor during the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual blossoming of African-American arts, music and literature from the1920s to the mid-1930s. She is largely known for her sculpture inspired by James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing, titled The Harp, commissioned for—and demolished after—the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Unable to cast works in expensive bronze, Savage worked mostly in clay and plaster, which is why so few of her fragile works remain today. She was a brilliant artist, arts educator, and determined activist who battled poverty and prejudice throughout her life. She had a passion for children and influenced many young black artists who became nationally known. Her works can be seen in in the collections of fine art museums and public libraries throughout the United States.
“Imagination Squared! A Creative Response Experiment” is installed in the Conference Center at the Main Library through the generous support of donors John and Julia Taylor, and the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library. Conceived by local artists, sculptor Dolf James and painter Christina Foard, “Imagination Squared!” was intended as a snapshot of Jacksonville’s imagination, captured on 5-by-5-inch squares. Anyone could decorate a square; contributors ranged from accomplished artists to novices. The squares were painted, decoupaged, sculpted and even colored with crayons. Some were altered with found objects or photography. Each of the 910 squares is its own work of art which comprises the 18.5-by-16-foot exhibit. An electronic kiosk at the base of the exhibit allows visitors to get a closer look at each piece of art.