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.  


Sea Turtle Public Art2010 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, donated his time and labor to the student project and said he was 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.


 

Hardee Center Art Wall2011 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | THE WILD WITHIN US & MARSHALL'S MEMORY GARDEN

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 worked closely with professional artist Linda Hall of Tallahassee. Hall teaches Environmental Art at Florida State University and lent her expertise in environmental themed art and mural creation to the project.  

The Hardee Center mural features a mosaic nighttime forest scene. Artist Marshall Norris of Greenville, Fla. also created a variety of metal sculpture flowers to add as landscape art; making a creative path leading up to the mural.   


 

Forrest Totems2012 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.” Dickson led many hands-on learning sessions to keep students involved with the project from start to finish.

The metal 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 used in the sculpture project and learning sessions was donated by local business Madison Scrap Metal.


 

Koi Pond Table2013 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT  | TERRAZZO KOI POND TABLE

One of the latest additions 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. 


 

Radio Telescope2013 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT  | RADIO TELESCOPE

This piece located outside the Morris G. Steen Jr. Science Learning Center creatively combines art and science. NFCC Art Instructor Mark Dickson created the metal sculpture as a base for NFCC’s functioning radio telescope and NFCC Science Instructor Dr. Guenter Maresch played a key role in developing this unique project. This project was a great collaboration between the NFCC Art Department and NFCC Science Department.


 

Trumpet Wall2014 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT |  THE TRUMPETING FLOWER

The newest addition to NFCC’s impressive public art collection is a vibrant mural by Janae Easton of Tallahassee, FL. The mural intitled "The Trumpeting Flower" is located on the east wall of the Developmental Education/Mathematics Classroom in Building 6.


 

Indian Totem2015 PUBLIC ART INSTALLMENT | TO RISE ABOVE

Jeremy Colbert's totem sculpture references Native American stories about rebirth. Colbert researched the historical and cultural significance of our area and included traditional Seminole symbolism and imagery in the sculpture. The result is a visually dynamic and important piece with cultural and historical ties adding depth and artistry to our campus. The totem is located behind building 11 and building 12.