Posted on: June 30, 2022

Sculptures of Atlantic Beach



  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Station 55, City Hall Complex, 850 Seminole Road.
  • Material: Cast concrete
  • Artist: Brad Talley
  • Year installed: 2004
  • Additional details: Interactive and interpretive, the sculpture takes a simple arc and orients it three ways to represent the basic elements found in Atlantic Beach. Lay the arc down, it represents sand; stand it up, it represents wind; flip it over, it’s a wave.

PublicArtTideClockTide Clock

  • Type of art: Clock
  • Location: Five-way stop at Seminole Road, Plaza Drive and Sherry Drive
  • Material:
  • Artist: Fancy Street Clock Co.
  • Year installed: 2005
  • Additional details: Designed and manufactured by Fancy Street Clock Co. as a prototype – the first of its kind for the clock company. It has been dedicated in in honor of AB resident Kevin Bodge, a coastal engineer who was instrumental in its purchase and continues to maintains it as a labor of love to the community.


  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Jack Russell Park, 800 Seminole Road
  • Material: Fiberglass
  • Artist: Paul Ladnier
  • Year installed: 2005
  • Additional details: Auctioned and acquired by the City of Atlantic Beach in 2005 as part of the Otis White Kids Foundation Sea Cows for Kids project, which decorated streets and parks with dozens of colorful manatee statues. Sally Corp. had a key role in the project and in 2017, Sally’s Ric Hostetter repaired, overhauled and repainted the sculpture. Mr. Ladnier selected the moniker as a play on “celestial manatee” because of the sculpture’s colorful, cosmic design. “Sea-Lestial-Mooon-A-Tee” is featured in a 2022 children’s book, “Stuck in the Mud,” by Atlantic Beach resident Ruth Lewis.
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PublicArtSculptureTebowUnderTheSeaTurtle"Tebow, Under the Sea Turtle" 

  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Beaches Town Center in front of Poe’s, 299 Atlantic Blvd.
  • Material: Concrete
  • Year: circa 2009
  • Additional details: Purchased by Beaches Town Center Agency from the fundraising organization Turtle Trails to benefit the Child Guidance Center, this sculpture of a sea turtle completes a colorful jaguar sculpture across Atlantic Boulevard in Neptune Beach. The piece seeks to point out that just as children served by Child Guidance Center inherently have great obstacles to overcome, newly hatched sea turtles have difficulty reaching the ocean to survive.
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 PublicArtSculptureInSearchOfAtlantis“In Search of Atlantis”

  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Five-way stop at Seminole Road, Plaza Drive and Sherry Drive
  • Material: Bronze
  • Artist: Kristen Visbal
  • Year installed: 2009
  • Additional details: Known locally as the Sea Turtle Girl; features a girl swimming with a green sea turtle near sea grass. At the installation ceremony, Visbal said: “We wanted to focus on the children, the future of Atlantic Beach. Also, marine life and the conservation of marine life.”
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 PublicArtSculptureWingsOfThePhoenix“Wings of the Phoenix”

  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Atlantic Boulevard and Ocean boulevards
  • Material: Steel
  • Artist: Jenny K. Hager
  • Year: 2016
  • Additional details: Commissioned by Beaches Town Center, which gifted it to the City of Atlantic Beach in 2017. This piece is missing.
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 PublicArtSculptureGatheringII“Gathering II”

  • Type of art: Sculpture
  • Location: Ocean Boulevard and First Street
  • Material: Concrete
  • Artist: Joe Segal
  • Year: 2017
  • Additional details: Commissioned by Beaches Town Center

 Bennetts Wave 1“Bennett’s Wave”

PublicArtSculptureMayportLightsNightimeMayport Night Lights and Sunshine Bike Rack

  • Type of art: Streetscape
  • Material: Metal and glass
  • Location: 1249 Mayport Road
  • Artist(s): A collaborative effort spearheaded by Word Revolt Gallery Todd and Theresa Rykaczewski.
  • Year Installed: 2021
  • Additional details: These complementary pieces feature four solar-powered, sun-motif streetlights and a matching bike rack in the plaza at the Shoppes of A1A North. Funding was provided through the City of Atlantic Beach’s façade grant program. Burnt Glassworks operators Andy and Jessica Peters crafted the handmade glass globes, working with metal sculptor Olivia Warro, who welded the sun tops and bike rack for Word Revolt. The project complements the sun and wave murals on the shopping center’s walls, another Word Revolt-inspired endeavor completed in collaboration with the City and community.

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