West Columbia on board with Congaree River Southern Lights Exhibit coinciding with eclipse
Chris Robinson is an artist and professor at the University of South Carolina.
He is creating a light-beaming art project that will be placed between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges.
Laura Ros, of “What’s Next Midlands” asked West Columbia City Council for support for the “unique” fixture at Tuesday’s meeting.
Robinson was coy about the details of his creation, preferring to defer to an unveiling in August during the days of the total solar eclipse gathering when up-to a million people could travel to the metro Columbia area to experience the eclipse.
Ros said the light feature would be a perfect draw for after-dinner strollers on Riverwalk from the State Street restaurants, as well as an attraction for out-of-town tourists.
“It’s not a laser show,” she said. but the lights would shoot all around and toward the bridges for some “really nice views.”
It would be a 10-year structure, said Ros. She asked council for financial support of $20,000. Two other municipal partners, Columbia and Cayce are being asked to contribute, too. There are several other financial partners involved with varying contributions, Ros said.
Robinson said the only other artwork similar was constructed in London, in association with the Olympics.
Councilman Jimmy Brooks supports the structure, but he said he wanted to be sure West Columbia was marketed fairly with the other partners. He said he thinks the $20,000 is a “great investment.”
Photos: Chris Robinson and Laura Ros at meeting Tuesday. Also images of Chris Robinson’s work in Columbia.