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A terrarium is an apt metaphor for what’s happening in Hemming Park.
Much like the small transparent enclosures created for raising plants or animals, Jacksonville’s central park is cultivating growth—of the arts, culture, and downtown.
Friends of Hemming Park, the nonprofit overseeing the area’s improvement and programming, commissioned Jacksonville artist Shaun Thurston to paint a 150-foot mural to wrap three sides of the chain link fence where maintenance equipment is stored. “Hemming Terrarium” will give you a piece of Jacksonville culture, an attractive public art destination and a backdrop for ongoing activity in the park.
Thurston painted the mural of bright green, pink and purple flora based on a five-foot-long a terrarium designed by his girlfriend and fellow artist Crystal Floyd. The work was unveiled in May 2015.
Thurston’s work covers much of downtown Jacksonville and beyond, including the corner of Newnan and Adams streets, Chamblin’s Uptown on Laura Street, The Blind Rabbit in Riverside, Green Room Brewing in Jacksonville Beach,
The mural is part of Hemming Park’s plan to incorporate more art through partnerships with local artists. Jacksonville artist Robert Noelke designed a giant set of interactive metal pipes for the children’s play area. This is a perfect activity for you if traveling with kids, pick-up a sandwich around the corner and make it a picnic in the heart of Downtown!
Hemming Park is full of events through the year, between Art Walk, One Spark, GatroFest, weekly musicians, Food Trucks and yoga in the park--you're bound to find something fun to do. Check out their calendar of events for when your traveling to Jacksonville.
If staying in Downtown Jacksonville, stop into the park in the morning for a cup of joe and find one of Jacksonville's local favorites: Vagabond Coffee Company.
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