“Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” opens Tuesday

Spartanburg New Light
Spartanburg New Light

(WSPA)— The City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four communities nationwide to take part in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects.

Nine light installations are being revealed Tuesday.

Below is a description of each installations and the schedule of events on Oct. 4:

• Mobile Suspension, Downtown Spartanburg
Denny’s Plaza, 203 E. Main St.
Lights On – 4:30-6 p.m.
o According to the release, Five multicolored mobile curtains float above the center lawn of Denny’s Plaza, located in the heart of Spartanburg’s Downtown Cultural District. Each curtain is 51 feet long and 12 feet high and consists of a woven pattern of four-inch translucent acrylic squares.

• River Poetry, Andrews Farm and Converse Heights
Cottonwood Trail, 1038 Woodburn Road
Lights On – 5:45 p.m.
o The project presents local poetry displayed on twelve double-sided LED signs suspended above the Cottonwood Trail. Visitors can read the lines of poetry overhead as they walk along Lawson’s Fork Creek, according to the release.

• Under One Roof, South Converse
Picnic Shelter, 440 S. Converse St.
Lights On – 6:10 p.m.
o The Hub City Writers Project will curate an ongoing series of poems for River Poetry through March 2017. Under One Roof, South Converse Picnic Shelter, 440 S. Converse St. Lights On – 6:10 p.m.

• Islands of Light, Maxwell Hills
Duncan Park Lake, 293 West Park Drive
Lights On – 6:30 p.m.
o The logistical challenges of the project were first taken on by students from Daniel Morgan Technology Center, according to the release.

• Benchmark Spartanburg, Forest Park
CC Woodson Recreation Center, 210 Bomar Avenue
Lights On – 6:55 p.m.
o Erwin Redl has created a bench with a back made of pulsating multi-colored lights. He hopes this bench will invite community gatherings, poetry readings, and other events that make use of the mesmerizing patterns and shifting color palette, according the release.

• Spartanburg Swing, Hampton Heights
National Beta Headquarters, 267 S. Spring St.
Lights On – 7:15 p.m.
o Twenty-six four-foot-long pendulums are evenly distributed across the glass façade of the National Beta Headquarters building. Their slow one-second pulse animates the surface of the concrete and glass structure, according to the release.

• Video Village, Highland Neighborhood
Cammie Clagget Apartments, 317 Highland Avenue
Lights On – 7:35 p.m.
o Redl designed the site to have 52 independent screens, each with their own projector, and partnered with White Elephant Enterprises and the Spartanburg Art Museum to curate the content for the installation.

• Glow, Beaumont Village and Northside
Beaumont smokestack, 400 Beaumont Avenue
Lights On – 8:05 p.m.
o The artist Erwin Redl has chosen to treat the smokestacks here and in Northside as two synchronized, large-scale canvases for high-powered multicolored lights that bathe the surface of the worn bricks, according to the release.

• Northside smokestack, 350 Howard St.
Lights On and grand finale celebration – 8:30 p.m.
o The artist Erwin Redl has chosen to treat the smokestacks here and in Beaumont as two synchronized, large-scale canvases for high-powered multicolored lights that bath the surface of the worn bricks.

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