Five Points Association to Unveil Newest Piece of Public Art: Five Points Postcard Mural
September 28, 2017
The Five Points Association is pleased to announce the unveiling of its newest piece of public art this Sunday, October 1st at 2:45pm at the Five Points fountain. The Postcard Mural was done in collaboration with Drip Coffee, Pecknel Music Company, and One Columbia. Located on the wall of Pecknel Music, the mural overlooks the original fountain plaza, and the new public parking lot.
As part of an effort to complement the existing public art and landmarks in Five Points, the Postcard Mural has become one of the 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.
Mural Unveiling Details:
Date: Sunday, October 1st
Location: Five Points Fountain // at the intersection of Harden Street and Greene Street
About the Process:
The final project of the Five Points Centennial Celebration, the Postcard Mural, has been in the works since early 2016. A 12-person committee consisting of members of the Five Points Association Board of Directors and staff, along with the owners of Drip and Pecknel and representatives from One Columbia, worked hard to do justice to the prominent wall overlooking the original Five Points fountain, in the heart of Five Points. Several local, regional, and national artists submitted pieces for consideration. Among them was Chad Brady, an artist with strong local ties to Columbia and specifically Five Points. Brady’s vintage postcard design was chosen unanimously.
About the Artist:
Chad Brady, of Appleton, Wisconsin, has a decade-long career as a professional muralist for commercial, residential, and public clients across the US. Chad has also worked in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. He has received awards for his oil and watercolor painting and his pencil drawing. He is currently a board member with Creative Downtown Appleton, a position he has held since 2014, and most recently has been an exhibiting artist at the SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition from 2014-2016.
About Five Points:
Five Points has served as downtown Columbia, S.C.’s original village neighborhood for shopping, dining, entertainment and personal services since 1915. Extending from the intersection of Santee Avenue, Harden and Devine Streets to the surrounding residential neighborhoods and USC, 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.
About the Five Points Association:
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.