I don’t think there are enough words in the dictionary to describe how absolutely disappointed I was today. With last week’s site visit still fresh in my mind, I eagerly anticipated being back in Jacksonville, Florida for the continuation of our study. I vividly recall my delight at being greeted by HEAT and would have been dressed in shorts and a tank top had our professor not structured the day. That turned out to be a blessing as not only was it COLD but also the wind was so intense I had to hold on for dear life and pray that I wouldn’t be blown away! My feelings were bittersweet when I left as the sun that constantly taunted me all day finally decided that it would shine and accommodate sporadic moments of the unbearable wind.
Trying to find one word to describe downtown Jacksonville’s architecture proved to be a challenge. It had such a peculiar mix of everything; from odd shaped out of scale buildings juxtaposed against renaissance styled architecture to monumental contemporary sculptures [seemingly] randomly placed around the downtown area. Amidst the confusion I could pick out areas that I thought were successful. In a way, I thought of it as Savanna meets Las Vegas.
Our site however, is further east of the downtown area; right in-front of the river. I absolutely love the site. It is quite large and we will have to design and landscape everything – a challenge that I look forward to and hope to keep you updated on as we progress.
We started off with a museum tour of MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Arts and got a first hand look at what takes place during a new installation. Note taking was the order of my day and even more so …. capturing via Austin. Thought I’d share a few of my favs from the day.