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Vista Guild and Vista Neighborhood Association Unveil Traffic Control Boxes Wrapped with Artists’ Work

September 12, 2017

The Congaree Vista Guild and the Vista Neighborhood Association announce that they have successfully fundraised for and wrapped 15 highly visible traffic control boxes in the Vista with vivid images of work by local artists.


Members of the Vista Neighborhood Association (VNA) are residents of the Vista, which is a South Carolina Arts Commission-designated South Carolina Cultural District. Over the years, the district has grown to include Columbia’s top hotels and more than 80 bars and restaurants, and historic preservation and fostering a culture for the arts are ideas central to the Vista Guild’s goals for growth. In a project initiated by the VNA, wrapping these boxes with images of art work and the Vista Guild’s logo give visitors a sense of the Vista’s artistic aesthetic, which makes the district unique.


Wrapped Vista Box


Artists and Organizations Represented on Vista Traffic Control Boxes:

  • Angel Allen: The Brown Girls (in honor of the Browns’ daughters)
  • Anastasia Chernoff: Totem
  • Stephen Chesley: Sundown on Lady
  • Jennifer Edwards: Gervais Street Bridge at Dawn
  • Clark Ellefson: Girl Bot and Guy Bot
  • Historic Columbia Foundation: archival image of 1001 Gervais Street
  • Bett Huggins: Famously Hot
  • Ernest Lee: The Chicken Man
  • Susan Lenz: CCLXIII
  • Lucas Sams: The Dream at the Heart of the World
  • Walton Selig: Go Fish
  • Kirkland Smith: Marilyn
  • Laura Spong: Go Fishing
  • Amanda Summey: Crispy Little Candy Cane
  • That Godzilla Guy: Pop with Pop


“These boxes are near major intersections and are visible to those on foot and auto traffic. We’re so proud to have art by artists with a connection to the Vista all over our streets.” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Vista Guild. “These new boxes fit in so nicely with all of the public art we’ve installed in the Vista in recent years, and we’re especially grateful to the Vista Neighborhood Association for organizing, steering and seeing this project through to fruition.”


In planning for the new art work, the Vista Neighborhood Association applied for and was awarded an Action Grant from the City of Columbia and a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Vista Guild contributed to the effort, Thirsty Fellow and Twisted Spur hosted fundraisers and members of the VNA also contributed.


“All the artists with whom we've interacted were so positive and they commented on what an honor it is for them to help and support our efforts to beautify the area with art.“ Maria Walrath, member of the Vista Neighborhood Association, said. ”We all hope visitors and residents alike will enjoy this art and look forward to adding more boxes as well as other public art projects.”   


The Vista Guild will celebrate the wrapped boxes from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Aloft Hotel lobby (823 Lady St.) on Sept. 20.


For more information about the Vista, please call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild @VistaColumbiaSC on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.