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Congaree Vista Guild and Lewis + Clark Announce New Vista Sculpture

April 14, 2020

The Congaree Vista Guild and Lewis + Clark will host the unveiling of the Vista’s newest public art piece on Friday, April 17 from 6-9 p.m. ‘Green Eyes’ was due to be unveiled by Clark Ellefson of Lewis + Clark as part of the 38th annual Artista Vista 2020 on April 17. Due to the postponement of the event the unveiling will now be held as a drive-by event where people who are out for essential travel that evening are encouraged to honk their horn when they see the piece, while remaining in their cars.


“This sculpture ‘Green Eyes’ narrates a long ago fantasy of when robots walked the earth and serves as a cornerstone to the Vista’s River Studio Arts District,” says artist Clark Ellefson of Lewis + Clark. “Unveiling will be socially distant as needed but ceremoniously timed with the 28th year of Artista Vista.”


The sculpture is a continuation of the Robot Series that is exemplified in the NOMA district at Studio 2LR. ‘Green Eyes’ is a lost and buried member of the robot family who has emerged from the ground to be discovered. Chris Stuyck and Co. assisted with fabrication and technical support of the piece.


"It's exciting to have this sculptural piece as part of the development of the Huger Street area, particularly by artist Clark Ellefson who has been such a driving force for keeping art as a central focus of the Vista District" says Lee Snelgrove, Executive Director of One Columbia. "I think this piece will be an iconic landmark representing the creativity that exists in this section of Huger Street; the location of Lewis + Clark Studio, One Eared Cow Glass and Stormwater Studios."


The Vista’s newest public art piece will be located at 1001 Huger Street. It is located at the entrance to the Vista’s River Arts District that includes One Eared Cow Glass (in business 29 years), Lewis + Clark (in business 40 years), and Stormwater Studios (formerly Vista Studios, in business 27 years). These are the leaders and longest-standing  arts businesses that helped nurture the growth of the Vista and continue to build it as a cultural asset to the city and state.