Sculptures by the Sea grand opening is a community success.

The Sculptures by the Sea project, which had its grand opening in Jacksonville Beach today, has been well-received by the local community and surrounding area.

Five students from the University of North Florida had their sculptures selected from dozens of submissions for the beautification project, which was funded in part by the university and the Lazzara Family Foundation, who also donated the land on which the public park and sculptures were placed. The park will be open to the public for free from dawn to dusk throughout the next year. Students works will be accompanied by signage detailing the inspiration and meaning.

UNF President John Delaney spoke favorably of the Lazzara Family Foundation, saying, “Because of their passion and enthusiasm for art, the Lazzara family has generously provided a forum not only for our talented students to display their creative artwork, but a beautiful space at the beach where the entire public can come and be inspired. We’re appreciative of this family’s impact on UNF and this community.”

As long-standing supporters of our local Jacksonville community and the arts, we are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful program that will visually and culturally enrich the community of Jacksonville Beach, and the lives of the students who’s hard work has paid off beyond measure.

Read more about the Sculptures by the Sea project here.