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Blue Sky Gives Columbia Community Visual Personality

Blue Sky has given his hometown’s built community some of its most notable visual personality. By painting murals

Blue Sky in restored Historic Arcade Mall by Russell Jeffcoat

around town, designing, art directing, and sometimes building installations, he has prevented the use of the adjective mundane in this institutional capital city which is anchored by state government, universities, and Fort Jackson.

The city’s artful personality first was seen in Tunnelvision, the expansive mural painted on the side of downtown

building near Baptist Hospital. Following the notoriety of that success, the venerable artist added a number of other public pieces. On Taylor Street, also near Baptist Hospital, a heroic-sized Busted Fireplug spouts water and puts smiles on the faces of passersby. On Main Street, across from Columbia Museum of Art and next to Sylvan’s Jewelers, corner of Hampton and Main streets, NeverBust is a playful installation that looks, at first glance, like an oversized section of chain link fencing that appears to be holding two buildings together.

Subtle humor in large-scale pieces are Blue Sky’s hallmark when it comes to his civic art. Protected from the elements in corporate and private collections are 2-D pieces from his prolific output, covering a half century.

 

Blue Sky is artist number 4 of our #10artists10days campaign series. Catch up on the complete series here.

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