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Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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What's Hot This Holiday Season: Your Guide to Columbia, SC Festivities
Posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get ready to give thanks, gather with family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is officially upon us and we have everything you need to know about ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks, Treats and Terrors
Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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What's Hot This Weekend: Walk for Life, Bridge Dinner and Halloween Fun
Posted on October 21, 2016 at 7:39AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Gear up for an action-packed weekend full of events, concerts, food and more! Continue reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything that's going ...

Gervais Street Extension by Blue Sky

  • South Carolina State Museum
  • 301 Gervais Street
  • Vista Conference Room
  • Columbia, SC 29201
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Interior Mural
South Carolina State Museum
Vista Conference Room
Unveiled 1989

When the South Carolina State Museum officially opened in 1988, a consensus was reached that murals would be required to enliven the building's atmosphere. While someone was promptly hired to complete the exhibition murals, several rooms were still considered unfinished or plain. Coincidentally, the museum was faced with growing public demand for a mural by Blue Sky, although nothing had been announced. In order to meet this demand, the museum acquired funding from local benefactor Guy Lipscomb and commissioned Sky to paint a mural in the Vista conference room.

The conference room presented a challenge for Sky, because it was very dark -- even clausterphobic, due to its low ceiling. His solution was to 'knock down' the wall, opening the room up to the Columbia city skyline by extending the Gervais Street Bridge directly into the museum.

Because of the mural, the conference room now feels quite expansive, its mood remarkably subdued by the scale of the painting and the ever-present, foggy blue city twilight.

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