Five Points Partners with One Columbia, Pecknel, Drip on New Mural Project
July 28, 2017
The Five Points Association, One Columbia, Drip Coffee, and Pecknel Music Co. have partnered to bring a new piece of public art to Five Points, Columbia’s original village neighborhood. The mural will be completed on the wall of Pecknel Music, overlooking the former Exxon gas station lot. This parking lot is a central location in the neighborhood, open to the public with metered spots that are enforced Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. The mural is scheduled to be completed in late August 2017, with more details on an unveiling event to be released as they become available.
As part of an effort to complement the existing public art in Five Points, this mural will become one of over a dozen that One Columbia has facilitated in recent years. This particular mural will have a vintage feel, with images of several iconic Five Points scenes. The Five Points Association and One Columbia view public art as a way of physically displaying the city's creativity and talent, while showcasing Columbia as a hub of arts and culture.
About the Artist:
Chad Brady, of Appleton, Wisconsin, has strong local ties to Columbia and specifically Five Points. In addition to 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.
About One Columbia:
One Columbia for Arts and History is a non-profit organization that works to promote collaboration among citizens, the cultural community, and city government through celebrations of Columbia’s arts and historic treasures. Its goal is to enhance the quality of life for our residents, attract tourist dollars to our city, and further build our vibrant community, particularly through the facilitation of new public art projects throughout the Midlands.