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What's Hot This Weekend: Okra, Fall Festivals and Country Music
Posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:04AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer may be over, but there's still a ton of things to do this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Jubilee, Greek Festival and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Football, festivals and fitness, oh my! This weekend has all the fixin's to get you ready for fall. Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Maroon 5, Roller Derby and Festivals
Posted on September 9, 2016 at 6:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is moving full steam ahead with a jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Labor Day Weekend: SC Pride, Fireflies and Cedar Creek
Posted on September 2, 2016 at 6:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Take advantage of the long weekend and pack in as many summer activities as you can before the fall chill soon begins to creep in! Read on for our roundup below, then look through our calendar ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Comic Con, Latin Festival and Lasers
Posted on August 12, 2016 at 6:20AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is drawing near, but this weekend is packed with events that will allow you to cling to summer a little longer. Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Water Balloons and a Crab Feast
Posted on August 11, 2016 at 6:30AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From a historic water balloon battle to a seafood feast, the events lined up this weekend send summer vacation off with a bang. Read on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Reggae, Boiled Peanuts and Fireflies
Posted on August 4, 2016 at 8:36AM by Dayna Cantelmi
With so many summer events in store, fun in the sun is the theme of the weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then peruse through our calendar of events for even more that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Daufuskie, Shopping and Plastic Models
Posted on August 4, 2016 at 7:22AM by Dayna Cantelmi
School isn't back in session just yet! Make the most of these remaining summer days by enjoying the activities and events we have lined up this weekend. Check out our roundup below, then take a ...
What's Hot This Weekend: South Congaree Chamionship Rodeo, Fireflies vs. Asheville July 29 - 31
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:42PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Finish up July with a bang! Whether you wish to bask in the summer weather or cool off indoors, there are plenty of options to do either this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Friday Night Laser Lights, Soda City Market, Summer Movie Series July 22-24
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:40PM by Dayna Cantelmi
A slew of exciting summertime events are in store this weekend! Check out our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more happenings in Columbia, SC. ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Tasty Tomato Festival, Bubble Run, "The Little Mermaid" July 15 - 17
Posted on July 15, 2016 at 5:54AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Bubbles, baseball and butterflies are just a few of the things you can enjoy this weekend! Find out what else we have in store in our roundup below, then look through our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: XTERRA Trail Run, Twilight in the Garden, Repticon Columbia July 8 - 10
Posted on July 6, 2016 at 1:30PM by Dayna Cantelmi
This #famouslyhot weekend offers everything from theatre and summer series to baseball and colorful conventions! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Lake Murray's 4th of July Celebration, Lexington Peach Festival July 1 - 4
Posted on July 1, 2016 at 6:33AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Celebrate America's independence this weekend with fireworks, festivals, baseball and more! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything going ...

Busted Plug Plaza by Blue Sky

  • AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Taylor Street
  • (Between Marion and Bull Streets)
  • Columbia, SC 29201
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Unveiled February 18, 2001

"Busted Plug Plaza" is among Sky's most widely-recognized and impressive works. Four stories in height and weighing 675,000 pounds, it is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Sts., in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Sky's acclaimed "Tunnelvision."

Sky proposed the sculpture to the city of Columbia in 1999, and spent the next year designing and directing the project. After architectural drafting, review approval and permitting, off-site component fabrication and on-site construction took 14 months to complete. For the entire duration of the preparation and assembly process, the project was veiled under an enormous grey tarp, leaving the residents of downtown Columbia tantalized with wonder, curiosity and perhaps even fear.

Over 75 people contributed their talents to the realization of this project. Sky's design-build team consisted of architect Robert J. Probst, structural engineer Jimmy Chao (Chao and Associates), and general contractor Jimmy Copeland (J.F. Copeland Construction Inc.). For a complete list of contributors, click here. (198 kb PDF)

"Busted Plug Plaza" was initially conceived by Sky circa 1980 as "Downtown Fountain," a pyramidal cement structure adorned with various colorful fire plugs indigenous to Main St. which were soon to be scrapped by the city. Fittingly, the sculpture would have been located at the intersection of Washington St. and Main St., where a fountain was tentatively scheduled to replace a circular island. Unfortunately, this project never made it past the planning phase, and the island was simply replaced with inlaid brick.

In 1998, Sky began drawing up designs for a similar project, which he called "Rainbow Dome." Instead of a pyramidal structure, the sculpture would have been comprised of several concentric concrete platforms, with the fire plugs arranged symmetrically about the ledges, spouting water that would flow into a circular trench. Eventually, this idea evolved into the much larger construction that became "Busted Plug Plaza." However, Sky originally hoped to see it complete by 2000, calling the gargantuan fire hydrant "Y2K."

Strangely enough, two other cities in North America claim to house the "world's largest fire hydrant," however, "Busted Plug Plaza" is taller than both structures by over 10 feet and heavier by many thousands of pounds. It entered the design phase much sooner than the projects in Manitoba and Beaumont, and includes a fountain that pumps an enormous volume of water 24 hours / day. In fact, Sky's sculpture was conceived to be so gigantic that it appears to have torn a telephone line in the process of being 'busted!'

For reasons of public safety, "Busted Plug Plaza" was designed such that it could withstand a direct hit from a tornado.

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