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

Women of the Southland
Artist: Allen Newman
Year: 1915
Type of Art: Sculpture
Address: 956 Hubbard St., Jacksonville, FL 32206

Circa 1913 a committee formed to seek grants and contributions for the costs of placing a sculpture in a Jacksonville park. The sculptor chosen was Allen Newman, who was considered the best at the time. He is especially known for his piece, ‘The Hiker’, in Rhode Island. The model for the sculpture is believed to be Audrey Munsen. She was the nation’s first supermodel and considered to be the perfect beauty.

The sculpture was installed at the park in 1915 at a reunification service, with about 7,000 people present.

Women of the Southland Artist: Allen Newman

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.

The restoration of this fountain took 3 years and at a total cost of $145,000.

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

Stop 6

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

Stop 7

Sesquicentennial Mosaic
Artist: Kate & Kenny Rouh
Year: 2019
Type of Art: Mural
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