“Southern Lights” to Wow Eclipse Crowds Saturday

The public will get a glimpse of a new public art display being installed to span the Congaree River, this weekend

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The public will get a glimpse of a new public art display being installed to span the Congaree River, this weekend.

When it’s finished in 2018, the blue and green lasers beams that comprise “Southern Lights” will cross the space between the Blossom and Gervais Street bridges, lighting up for a few hours each night.

Saturday, people are invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating a preview of the installation as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend.

The mastermind behind the display, artist Chris Robinson, is a professor in the School of Visual Art and Design at the University of S.C. He has completed dozens of large-scale installations, including on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The preview takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Coble Plaza. Leaders from Columbia, West Columbia and Cayce will address the crowd. Guests will be able to walk from the plaza, along the path under the Gervais Street bridge, to view the display. Eclipse Pale Ale, a collaboration between The Whig and Catawba Brewing, will be for sale.

Parking is available in the State Museum parking lot.

 

 

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