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Flagler alumnus, faculty and students team up on new public installation unveiled in St. Augustine

Apr 4, 2018

Local sculptor and Flagler alumnus Joe Segal’s latest work, “Toward,” was unveiled Wednesday as part of a St. Augustine installation called the “Let Freedom Ring Chimes Project.”

The marble semi-circular reflection bench by Segal sits with an installation of aluminum chimes at the Dr. Robert B. Hayling Freedom Park at the southern tip of historic Lincolnville. The park is named for the local Civil Rights leader.

Flagler Associate Professor of Art Leslie Robison and her students helped incarcerated boys from the St. Johns Youth Academy create tiles that capped Segal's bench. In addition, youth from St. Augustine Boys & Girls Club Players Championship Unit and The Webster School also created tiles. "It turned out really well and was a good interaction for my students, too," Robison said.

The chimes project was a partnership between Compassionate St. Augustine, Keep Riberia Pointe Green and the City of St. Augustine. Compassionate St. Augustine said the core values of the project were grounded in Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote: “...the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

“I designed the bench and the chimes to bend toward each other thereby creating a reflective gathering place that is in harmony with the park and panoramic vistas,” Segal said.

The organization said the public art installation “pays tribute to the city’s African–American and Civil Rights storylines, as well as the roles of freedom.”

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