The City of Spartanburg has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to one million dollars as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.
Spartanburg’s winning project, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, will bring temporary art installations to public spaces in 10 city neighborhoods in time for National Night Out, October 4, 2016. The project is a partnership among City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and neighborhood associations in the City of Spartanburg. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.
Starting in late Fall 2015, artist Erwin Redl began collaborating with the City’s police department and selected neighborhood associations to design and develop LED light installations that transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. Erwin is a visual artist internationally renowned for his L.E.D. light installations and his capacity to bring dynamism and vibrancy to ordinary spaces.
Neighborhoods selected to receive installations are:
• Beaumont Village
• Downtown Spartanburg
• Forest Park
• Hampton Heights
• Highland Neighborhood
• Maxwell Hills/Duncan Park
• South Converse
• Andrews Farm & Converse Heights will participate in a joint installation on the Cottonwood Trail that connects both neighborhoods.
• September 10, 2015 – Letter of Interest Due by Neighborhood Associations
• November 9, 2015 – Neighborhood Selection
• December 2015 – Neighborhood Design Charrettes
• January - March 2016 – Design Process
• April - September 2016 – Fabrication & Installation
• TUESDAY, October 4, 2016 – LIGHTS ON! at National Night Out