With a mission to establish the urban core as a nationally-recognized Art District, Art (Re)Public handpicked each of the 13 walls for the 2016 mural collection. By putting a spotlight on Jacksonville’s well-preserved architecture, the expo will showcase art in all forms, mediums and scale, including architecture and design. World-renowned muralist Case Maclaim arrived a month ahead of the other muralists who are expected to begin arriving November 2nd. A German-born graffiti artist known for his photo-realistic portraits, Maclaim is considered a pioneer in the street art movement. After a city tour with Art (Re)Public founder Jessica Santiago, Maclaim reworked his original sketch to incorporate inspiration from local businesses, including Chamblin’s Uptown Bookstore, and the rich architectural history that surrounds the wall, including the Trio Buildings. Art (Re)Public’s curatorial theme is ‘Modern City of Dreams’, inspired by Jacksonville’s Golden Age. Aptly, Maclaim’s mural features hands holding stacks of books, one bearing the title “Story of 100 years”, a nod to the wall’s neighboring buildings, as well as our city’s rich history as an arts and cultural capital. Other titles include Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, possibly to suggest the potential for a creative awakening in our city.