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Frank Stella Jacksonville Stacked Stars

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Frank Stella Jacksonville Stacked Stars

Frank Stella has produced an extraordinary body of work over the past six decades and continues to explore the expressive possibilities of visual space. “Jacksonville Stacked Stars” is a brand-new work of art created by Stella for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville’s Project Atrium and is a beautiful response to the museum’s 100th anniversary year. Throughout his career, Stella has returned to the star as motif, exploring its form, both abstract and figurative, in multiple variations of two-dimensional, free-standing, and...

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A River Runs Through It(Part 1)

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A River Runs Through It(Part 1)

For anyone traveling over the bridges of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, it can sometimes feel like we are separate from the river that weaves its way through the city. A 2021 Public Space survey found that only 19 percent of Jaxsons go to the riverfront often to enjoy greenspace and the outdoors. Limited areas for residents to access the riverfront or interact with nature have restricted opportunities for the city to have the bustling waterfront vibe that so many other metro areas offer. Since 2014, Jacksonville has enjoyed some of the...

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Ford Motor Company assembly  plant

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Ford Motor Company assembly  plant

Jacksonville, Florida was honored for nearly a hundred years to be home to one of industrial architect Albert Kahn’s “automotive cathedrals” before it was demolished in June 2023 by its owner, Amkin Hill Street, LLC, just one year before the building would have reached its century mark in 2024. The Jacksonville Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, on the bank of the St. Johns River just north of the Mathews Bridge, was constructed over a three-year period from January 1924 to November 1926, faithful to Kahn’s trademark “daylight factory” design...

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & BUILD PROJECTS 2024

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & BUILD PROJECTS 2024

Since architecture and design are both an art and a business, this annual issue feels like a seamless fit. Arbus takes great pride in serving as the platform for so many of the region’s best architects, designers, and builders to promote their work.           Take a look and discover this year’s most exciting changes to our built environment.  Be inspired.

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Joe Segal Juxtapositions of Hope

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Joe Segal Juxtapositions of Hope

By Caitlin Flynn   Joe Segal’s sculptures exist in a juxtaposed world calling the viewer to ruminate and reflect. At first glance, the sculptures appear simple, but then you see the laborious process infused; raw wood and polished metal. Simple in shape yet complex in detail. Rough nature and streamlined development. Some acting as reliefs, others standing on their own—they are defiant and reflective; simple and complex. Perhaps it is the contrasts that pull you in. You will find yourself standing before them, lost in thought, and a lot...

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When Hope Presses Into Generational Wrongs

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When Hope Presses Into Generational Wrongs

By Sheri Leonard Webber    Hope McMath has been active with “Take ‘Em Down Jax” since 2017, but it was two years into those efforts when she came to a critical point of connection. It was her second visit to the sites. “In 2019, I went with a group from 904WARD to Montgomery, Alabama, and the Equal Justice Initiative sites,” says McMath. She describes the museum, memorial, and sites as powerful—tracing threads of connection from the era of enslavement in this country through the Jim Crow era and lynching and into the present...

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Kathy Stark Conscientious Creator & Parks Advocate

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Kathy Stark                                                                 Conscientious Creator & Parks Advocate

Imagine the mid-1930s. Transport yourself to the aftermath of the stock market crash that sent America spiraling into the Great Depression. Franklin D. Roosevelt took office as the nation grappled with unprecedented levels of unemployment, widespread poverty, and a financial system in shambles. As president, he lost no time in addressing the despair and hopelessness felt by more than 125 million Americans. He boldly declared “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” in his 1933 inaugural address—words that set the tone for a...

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For the Love of Books

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For the Love of Books

The history of local independent bookstores in the United States has been an essential part of our literary and political education. Thomas Paine used bookstores to circulate “Common Sense,” which made the case for independence from Great Britain and seeded the idea of revolution. Later, literature about the suffragists and civil rights was disseminated via bookstores, which historically provided a safe haven for community gatherings and discussions. Then, between 2010 and 2018 an amazing thing happened: Independent bookstores made a...

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Gold Star Restaurants

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Gold Star Restaurants

 Making Jacksonville a Foodie Destination Discovering new dining options and old favorites that offer exceptional quality and consistency is what makes our annual Gold Star restaurant list so remarkable. As we continue to explore the diverse dining options in our community, we are reminded of the incredible resilience and dedication of the restaurant industry. This year’s Gold Star list is a celebration of those who have embraced change and reinvented themselves in exciting new ways. We are honored to introduce you to some new...

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Enhancing Education  with The Arts

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Enhancing Education  with The Arts

The arts play a pivotal role in education. Involvement in the arts supports a student’s social and emotional learning and empowers them to succeed inside school and out. Not only do arts programs motivate children to come to school, but they also help reduce stress, sharpen communication, and fuel social and emotional development. Jacksonville is fortunate to have a wealth of arts education programs across all art forms that allow our students to not only learn how to express themselves in the classroom but support their future career growth....

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