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New public art display graces Vista district in Columbia

Jason Thomas //May 24, 2024//

Vista Dandelions was created by Carin Mincemoyer, an artist based in Pittsburgh, whose work focuses on the viewers engagement with the natural environment. (Photo/Congaree Vista Guild)

Vista Dandelions was created by Carin Mincemoyer, an artist based in Pittsburgh, whose work focuses on the viewers engagement with the natural environment. (Photo/Congaree Vista Guild)

New public art display graces Vista district in Columbia

Jason Thomas //May 24, 2024//

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A new sculpture brightens a streetscape in the Vista neighborhood in Columbia.

The Congaree Vista Guild will host a dedication ceremony for Vista Dandelions, a new sculpture installation at the corner of Greene and Pulaski streets, at 3 p.m. May 29.

Vista Dandelions was created by Carin Mincemoyer, an artist based in Pittsburgh, whose work focuses on the viewers engagement with the natural environment, according to a news release. Encompassing sculpture, installation, public art and design, her creative practice includes work in diverse materials including wood, metal, concrete and live plants.

Mincemoyer selected the dandelion for the installation because they grow in places where others cannot, loosening the soil and paving the way for others to follow and thrive, the release stated. She felt this represented the Vista’s growth over time, beginning with artists and makers calling the Vista home, eventually helping to lead to the area’s revitalization into what it is today.

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“We are delighted to have such a fun, new art installation in the Vista,” said Abby Anderson, executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild, in the release. “The dandelions are bright and cheerful and are sure to be a conversation piece.”

The Vista Dandelions was commissioned by the Congaree Vista Guild and is in partnership with One Columbia for Arts and Culture who works with the City of Columbia, community organizations, and private entities to bring public art to the community by commissioning, administering, maintaining, and marking public art throughout the city.

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