Historic Springfield Art Tour

Explore the art and mural of Historic Springfield on this self-guided tour!

You can walk, bike or drive around the neighborhood as we check out the new and old art that’s been in the neighborhood. Download the VisitJAX! App to listen to the audio version of the tour.

Stop 1

Welcome to Springfield Mural
Artist: Grant Thornton
Year: 2017
Type of Art: Mural
Address: 1101 Main St N, Jacksonville, FL 32206

The first stop on our tour is the Welcome to Springfield mural. It has been nicknamed the ‘Welcome Mat of Springfield,’ and was unveiled in 2017.

The idea for this mural came when Alyssa Key purchased the building and saw a space for a ‘welcome mural’ in the community. Her friend, Grant Thornton, was the perfect artist for the job.

The Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, or SPAR, was able to sponsor part of the project with overflow funds from Porchfest. Porchfest is a free music festival held in the neighborhood every November. Excess revenue is put back into the neighborhood

Information for this tour stop comes from jacksonville.com

Welcome to Springfield Mural Artist: Grant Thornton

Stop 2

Sesquicentennial Mosaic
Artist: Kate & Kenny Rouh
Year: 2019
Type of Art: Mosaic
Address: 1055 Main Street N, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Working in partnership with SPAR and local community members, RouxArt founders, Kate and Kenny Rouh, designed the mosaic to highlight historically significant landmarks and events in Springfield to commemorate the 150th anniversary of SPAR Council. “So many community people have participated in this project, and we are grateful and appreciative for their commitment,” said Kate. At least a hundred people have had their hands on the mosaic as it was being made.”

Imagery depicted in the mosaic includes the Trolley on Main Street, Big Jim Whistle, Bucket Brigade, Mary Dillon Fountain, Rose Arbor Tunnel, Water Tower, and the Sesquicentennial Logo.

"It has been a pleasure to work alongside JEA and RouxArt on the Sesquicentennial Mosaic project," said Kelly Rich, SPAR Executive Director. "It's vital to celebrate how far the neighborhood has come while simultaneously looking forward to the future and to the next 150 years of Historic Springfield."

Sesquicentennial Mosaic Artist: Kate & Kenny Rouh

Stop 3

Klutho Sculpture Walk
Artist: Various Artists
Year: 2017
Type of Art: Sculpture
Address: 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Feel free to peruse the current sculptures and enjoy the park.

Sculpture Walk’s mission is to provide community arts education and creative experience. Sculpture Walk creates culture and vibrancy in the community through outdoor public sculpture. Sculpture Walk is designed as an educational self-guided tour for families, tourists and passersby, free and open daily to the public.

Klutho Sculpture Walk Artist: Various Artists

Stop 4

Giraffe Sculpture
Artist: Melissa Russel
Year: 2017
Type of Art: Sculpture
Address: 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Did you know that Springfield was the first home of the Jacksonville Zoo? This giraffe sculpture was a fun and interesting way to incorporate public art in the park and celebrate some Springfield history.

In 2017, the giraffe was an installment of public art that preceded our next tour stop, the sculpture walk. Dr Jenny Hager and Christina Stone-Parrish (executive Director of SPAR at the time) partnered to bring this piece of art to the park.

Christina and Dr. Hager really believe that public art helps to create a sense of pride in one's community and brings people together.

The piece was funded by private donations and a matching grant. It is 13' tall and sculpted by Melissa Russel from White Springs, FL.

Information for this tour stop was found at jacksonville.com

Giraffe Sculpture Artist: Melissa Russel

Stop 5

Mary Dillon Fountain
Artist: C. Adrian Pilars (original),Enzo Torcoletti (recreated missing pieces during restoration)
Year: 1910, restored 2006
Type of Art: Fountain
Address: 204 W 3rd St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

This fountain was created in memory of the first president of the Springfield Improvement Association (now Springfield Improvement Association and Archives) after she passed away in 1907. As the Springfield area went into decline, the fountain did as well. Chris shares the story of the grueling quest to bring this fountain back to life.

The photo is of the fountain pre-restoration. The marble had been painted over and many pieces removed and scattered.

Mary Dillon Fountain Artist: C. Adrian Pilars (original),Enzo Torcoletti (recreated missing pieces during restoration)

The restoration of this fountain took 3 years and at a total cost of $145,000. This photo below is the post-restoration fountain.

Stop 6

Title - The Blossoming of Trust
Artist - Huariu (via ArtRepublic)
Year - 2019
Type of Art - Mural
Address - Main Street and Orange Street

From the artist: “Only when you cannot distrust, even if you want, have you come to the very center of your being, from where arises the trust in existence, in life, in people, in trees." Once you find you are inherently and essentially the same as everything in existence, how can you distrust anything or anyone? How can you exploit anyone or anything? Once you find everybody is suffering and causing suffering because they do not know what they are in essence how can you feel hatred for anybody else?

Trust existence! Trust that everything that comes your way, good or bad, pleasureful or painful, trust that it is coming to help you go further into yourself. Trust and know that it is coming to show you something, to take you a step closer to discovering the essence of life.”

Watch the Art Republic video on this mural!

Stop 7

Title - Cosmic Crystals
Artist - Jasmine Aldershoff, Elena Ohlander, Nicole Holderbaum, Julissa Adams, Morgan Badz, Perla Reyes, Barbara Hionides, Addie Gibson, Tatian Phoenix, Tabitha Skye, NotForTheBoring, Gabi Corley, Deja Anderson
Year - 2020
Type of Art - Mural
Address - 1255 North Main Street

From Nicole Holderbaum: “For a while now I have wanted to organize an all-girl mural production here in Jacksonville. The project was inspired by my crew of female street artists, graffiti writers, and skateboarders from around the world, Few & Far (www.fewandfarwomen.com). For the past 9 years our crew has organized multiple mural productions, art projects, and skateboarding events around the world. It has been very inspirational to participate.

Thanks to Elias I got permission to use a building for the mural! I organized a group of women artists from around the city, we raised some funds for paint and materials, and we made it happen!

The mural was painted by a group of 13 different women from around the city, 3 of them live here in Springfield! Each artist contributed their own unique piece to the mural. We unified the design with a matching background and matching color palette. The theme was cosmic, outer-space, and other worldly.

I believe it is important to bring women together and empower them through their art. Our society breeds competition and comparison between women which can lead to division and insecurity. To overcome this, we come together, we bond, and we create magic!

Perla Reyes came up with the name "Cosmic Crystals" it is reminiscent of an event that I organized last year called "Duval Gems" which featured over 20 local women musicians. The gems and crystals are creative, ambitious Duval women!”

Stop 8

Crispy’s Mural
Artist: Shaun Thurston
Year: 2017
Type of Art: Mural
Address: 1735 N Main St, Jacksonville, FL 32206

Artist Shaun Thurston shares about his inspiration for this work of art. His friend, Tehila Marks, had a persevering spirit to open a Pilates studio and after many setbacks, now has a thriving business. He says that he saw the same entrepreneurial heart in John Cripsens, owner of Crispy’s and he felt that this neighborhood and main street needed that spirit as well.

Crispy’s Mural Artist: Shaun Thurston