ART
ARCHITECTURE
& HISTORY
in the Public Realm
Wisdom, 2005
Artworks: Sculpture

Artist
Larry Kirkland
Collection
Jacksonville's Art in Public Places Program
Materials
Bronze and painted stainless steel
Dates
  • Installed, 2005
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Description
Larry Kirkland uses the owl, a traditional symbol of wisdom, to identify the building as a place of information, knowledge, and learning. In ancient Greek mythology, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, was the daughter of Zeus. She was able to change form, often into an owl. This work was inspired by a barn owl sculpture created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo for the Medici Chapel in Florence, Italy. The golden key behind the owl incorporates the Greek letters for A and Z, referencing the beginning a...
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Location
303 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
United States

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