Amelia Seaside Sculptures – Public Art with a Purpose

June 7, 2017
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If you’re visiting an Amelia Island beach this summer, be sure to stop at one of four beach access to view the Amelia Seaside Sculptures – a public art component to the Island-wide Leave No Trace ordinance to keep area beaches clean of debris. Installed at Main Beach, Seaside Beach, Peters Point, and Burney Park, the sculptures are the original artwork of five notable artists commissioned for the project. Created using a mix of naturally occurring and manmade debris collected from Amelia's shores, the unique seaside sculptures will be on display for one year.

The idea for the project came after Hurricane Matthew left a large amount of debris, both man-made and naturally occurring, on the beach.   “We saw this as an opportunity to communicate the message of being mindful of the impact daily beachgoers have on the beaches through a different medium.  Public art has the ability to give viewers a cause for pause, creating new ways to continue the public dialogue,” says Leigh Palmer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The five sculptures can be found here:
•    Main Beach, Regina, Joni-Younkins Herzog 
•    Seaside Beach Park, Kites II, Cat Chiu Phillips
•    Peters Point, Oarsman Before the Sun, Alan Milligan 
•    Peters Point, Tree House Tower, Richard Herzog
•    Burney Park, Dwindling Tide, Aisling Millar McDonald

For more information about the “Leave No Trace Ordinance,” contact the Nassau County manager’s office at (904) 530-6010.

For more information about the Seaside Sculptures project, visit


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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.