About the SING Sculpture

Jacksonville is a singing city. Each week thousands of singers gather informally and formally to sing in their religious institutions, community choruses, college and school choirs, barbershop quartets, local bars for karaoke and with our very own Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and Voices of Jacksonville. This sing sculpture is a statement about an activity that is at the heart of humanity: “Singing”. The sculpture is inspired by the work of Robert Indiana and Jacksonville brothers James Weldon And John Rosamond Johnson’s hymn “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”. The piece was designed in 2018 by local graphic designer Carolyn Audije while she was serving on the staff of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus and built by Havic Studios (Jenny K. Hager and D. Lance Vickery).


Why the color red above the color blue?  

Red is the color of heart, it has historically been associated with sacrifice, danger, and courage. Modern surveys in Europe and the United States show red is also the color most commonly associated with heat, activity, passion, anger, love, and joy. In China, India, and many other Asian countries it is the color symbolizing happiness and good fortune. Red is the signature color of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus. 

The color blue represents both the sky and the bodies of water in Northeast Florida. The color blue is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, and intelligence. In Africa, blue is the color of harmony and love, symbolising the importance of peace and togetherness. It is often used in combination with other colors to create a rich tapestry of energy that has deep symbolism behind it. Blue fabrics are widely used in the Southern countries of Africa such as the Leteisi and Shweshwe.

The sculpture was originally installed across the street from First United Methodist Church, 225  E. Duval Street. 


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“The JCC is more than just a chorus; it is truly a life-changing experience. The Chorus has opened me to new experiences, provided me with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and helped me discover singing is not just one of my interests but rather a lifelong passion.”

Emma D., JCC Alum

“It is gratifying the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus program covers so much of what is not available to children in the Duval Public Schools. The children who have an opportunity to participate in your Chorus are very fortunate to have this outstanding musical training available to them. The entire community benefits from your talent and that of the children.”

Dr. Frances B. Kinne , Former Chancellor Emeritus and Past President, Jacksonville University

“Through music and your leadership, these children learn to perform in different languages while experiencing the diversity of an array of world cultures. The understanding they gain will serve them well as they enter adulthood.”

R. Randall Onstead, former President/CEO of Winn-Dixie

“The Chorus expands your musical horizons and helps you grow as a person. You are surrounded with other young people who have something in common…their love of music. I have learned that music does, indeed, bring people and cultures together. The music we sing brings people hope for a better future of understanding and cooperation.”

Jasmine M., JCC Alum

“Music is such a valuable part of life. The way it enriches one’s life and encourages creativity, I do not believe anything else can do as much. We in Jacksonville are certainly blessed to have the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.”

Scott C. Snyder, President, Compass Consulting Group