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Tillie K. Fowler Memorial | Jacksonville, FL.

My dad ran track when he was in high school. My mom regularly took long walks along the beach to clear her mind. So, you can imagine how far I can walk before I really get tired. It’s great though because, as a photographer, you have to walk around a lot.

When I first moved to Jacksonville, I was like a fish out of water. Before long, I migrated downtown. I can’t say I really knew where I was going as long as I remember how to get back to where I started. (Yeah, great plan).

I stumbled upon this weird looking sculpture. Tillie K. Fowler was a very influential community leader for the city and she continued to rise up the ranks. I read that this installation costs $120,000. It looks cool, though.

ICK WILSON/The Times-Union<br>Sculptor Brower Hatcher poses beneath the ongoing installation of his piece commemorating the life and work of the late Tillie K. Fowler.  It will be located along the Northbank Riverwalk behind the YMCA on Riverside Drive.

This is Bower Hatcher standing beneath his sculpture while it was being installed in 2009. Yikes. It’s abstract, stainless steel, and “very futuristic” according to him. Here’s an overall view:

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In the background is Downtown Jacksonville, which includes the St. John’s River. It runs throughout huge sections of the city. If you walk directly behind the Memorial to the edge of the bushes, you’ll see this:

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There’s plenty of water to go around. I was never able to get a more clear shot than this that night. For those who live in the Arlington area of the city, it’s important to make sure that at least one of the two bridges leading Downtown is open. Otherwise, you’re stuck…they are the only two ways you can cross over all this water to go back in that direction. (I found that out the hard way).

Eric Christopher Jackson

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