JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- From fences that come to life, to trails all about tigers, and murals that give the town color; about 900 exhibits displayed in Downtown Jacksonville's One Spark 2013 festival showed the potential of what creators could do on the First Coast.
PHOTO GALLERY: Jacksonville's One Spark Festival Finale
"Thank you so much for your passion, your commitment, and your vision, to making Jacksonville and downtown become a destination we look forward to working with you thank you and god bless you and here we go," said Mayor Alvin Brown, City of Jacksonville.
Projects in several categories including but not limited to art, science, and technology entered in a massive funding festival to win votes and get marketed.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for creators, exposure alone is great for everybody, but the idea of actually getting some funding behind your ideas is great," said Shaun Thurston, More Murals in Jacksonville.
Over 100,000 people walked the streets of Downtown Jacksonville during the five day festival and cast their votes for their favorite exhibitions. The winners received checks to see their projects through, but some said it's about more than just the money.
"It's an opportunity to get our message out that we are creating an innovational educational setting so that the students in Jacksonville and beyond will have opportunities to be the next generation of one spark creators and innovators," said James Smith, Kona School.
Spectators in Jacksonville also said One Spark is the beginning of something great.
"It's well overdue, something that's overdue and needed for Jacksonville not only to promote the city but the potential that the city has," said April Rose.
Here is a list of the top three winners from each category:
Third - The Riverwalk Project ($2,448.45)
Second - Kona School ($3,137.96)
First - The Wall ($3,466.29)
Third - The 5 & Dime ($2,326.50)
Second - Boneshaker ($2,495.36)
First - Fathom Sphere ($2,509.43)
Third - 20 Murals in a Year ($4,010.39)
Second - Beyond the Facade ($4,202.71)
First - Rethreaded ($6,768.42)
Third - 123-Fresh ($2,945.65)
Second - 1 Food Park Project ($3,189.55)
First - Tiger Trail ($4,183.94)
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