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Five Points unveils newest work of public art

Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood has a new sight to see and a new spot for those strolling through to take pictures.

The Five Points Association unveiled its newest piece of public art Sunday. The Postcard Mural on the wall of Pecknel Music overlooks the original fountain plaza, and the new public parking lot.

Muralist Chad Brady (center) poses with Five Points Association staff and mural committee members at the unveiling (photo by Allen Wallace)

The postcard was created by professional muralist Chad Brady. Brady was one of many artists who submitted a proposal for the project, and his vintage postcard design was the unanimous choice of a 12-person committee consisting of members of the Five Points Association Board of Directors and staff, along with the owners of Drip Coffee and Pecknel Music and representatives from One Columbia.

“Five Points turned 100 a couple of years ago, and we did a ton of projects throughout the neighborhood, but this is one of the most special,” said Five Points Association Executive Director Amy Beth Franks. “It took us over a year to complete, because it was so important that we picked a subject matter for the mural that meant a lot to a lot of people.”

The Postcard Mural has become one of the Association’s newly named “Selfie Spots”. The “Selfie Spot” promotion consists of seven iconic locations within the Five Points neighborhood, encouraging patrons to stop, take a selfie, and share on social media.

“We thought that the vintage postcard feel was the perfect way to describe all about Five Points that makes it so special and so unique,” Franks said.

Five Points encompasses nearly 150 businesses, many of which are locally, independently owned. Five Points celebrated its Centennial throughout 2015 and has since kicked off the start of the next 100 years with fresh community events, public art initiatives and district enhancements.

The Five Points Association is a non-profit organization whose principal task is ensuring that Five Points remains an integral and important part of the City of Columbia. The Association has accomplished many major infrastructure, development and beautification projects over the years. The Association hosts annual events, such as the Chili Cook-Off and St. Pat’s in Five Points, which continue to entertain thousands of people within the City of Columbia, as well as visitors from around the state of South Carolina and beyond.

For more information about Five Points, visit www.FivePointsColumbia.com.

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