NFCC Public Art Projects
If you take a walk across the North
Florida Community College campus in Madison, Fla. you will find public art
works that include a colorful mosaic mural depicting a forest scene complete
with metal sculpture flowers planted in front at NFCC’s Hardee Center for the
Arts, a metal sculptured sea turtle near the entrance of the college library, a metal sculpture inspired by Florida’s regional plants perched upon a hill
near NFCC’s Van H. Priest Auditorium and a six-foot mosaic terrazzo table located on the library's outdoor patio. Each piece was created with the help of
area professional artists who worked directly with NFCC students on the projects.
2010 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | SEA TURTLE
North Florida Community College art students received first-hand
experience in building a metal sculpture from the ground up while working with professional
sculptor Brad Cooley Jr. of the Lamont, Fla. based business Bronze by Cooley
which specializes in life size and monumental sculptures. Cooley, an NFCC
alumnus, is donating his time and labor to the student project and said he is
glad to be on campus sharing his talent and knowledge with students.
Cooley worked with the NFCC Art Club and NFCC art instructor Lisa Thompson to collect recycled pieces of metal, creating the sculpture
design – a sea turtle – and welding the base and interior structure of the
sculpture into place.
The sculpture is permanently located near NFCC’s Marshall
Hamilton Library (Bldg. 4) – a prime location for students and campus visitors
alike to enjoy the piece of art.
2011 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | MOSAIC MURAL
North Florida Community College Art Club members created a mosaic mural at NFCC’s Hardee Center for the Arts.
The students not only learned mural creation and mosaic techniques, but
are worked closely with professional artist Linda Hall of Tallahassee.
Hall teaches Environmental Art at Florida State University and is lending her
expertise in environmental themed art and mural creation to the project.
Center mural features a mosaic nighttime forest scene. Artist Marshall
Norris of Greenville, Fla. is also creating a variety of metal sculpture
flowers to be added as landscape art; making a creative path leading up to the
2012 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | METAL FOREST TOTEMS
In 2012 NFCC Art Instructor Mark Dickson helped students fabricate and install a public
sculpture on the NFCC campus entitled
“Forest Totems.” The metal scupture incorporated hands-on learning sessions to get students involved with the
project from start to finish.
sculpture is permanently located near NFCC’s Van H. Priest Auditorium; a
prime location for students and campus visitors alike to enjoy the work. Much
of the recycled materials being used in the sculpture project and learning
sessions was donated by local business Madison Scrap Metal.
Dickson’s sculpture is a
wonderfully modern and contemporary interpretation of Florida fauna.
2013 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | TERRAZZO KOI POND TABLE
The latest addition to NFCC’s
impressive public art collection is a six-foot mosaic terrazzo table created by
Tallahassee artist Ira Hill. Featuring vibrant colors and a koi pond theme, the
table has been placed at an outdoor study and gathering area for students near
NFCC’s Marshall W. Hamilton Library. The piece can function as a table or as a
sitting area for students and campus visitors.
The table is constructed of terrazzo,
a decorative concrete made of cement, sand and glass, using 100% recycled
glass. Hill spent around 60 hours making the table and started with the simple
process of sorting and crushing the glass. The process then included creating
the specific design, creating molds and polishing the terrazzo stone to
highlight the glass aggregate. Terrazzo has a long history in building and is
often associated with Art Deco Design.
2013 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | RADIO TELESCOPE
NFCC Art Instructor Mark Dickson and crew installed a new sculpture at NFCC's Morris G. Steen Science and Learning Center that will serve as the base for NFCC’s radio telescope. The telescope, which will be hoisted up and fitted on a pole, will be located at the top of the sculpture. NFCC Astronomy Instructor Dr. Guenter Maresch’s played a key role in developing this unique project that combines art and science.
For more information about NFCC's Public Art Programs contact NFCC Art Instructor, Lisa Thompson, at
(850) 973-1642 or email thompsonL@nfcc.edu.