First Night of “Southern Lights” at the Congaree River

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First Night of “Southern Lights” at the Congaree River

August 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Southern Lights, an art light installation set to span the Congaree River between the Blossom and Gervais Street bridges by Chris Robinson, will offer viewers a contemplative experience, meant to be viewed again and again. Join us as at First Night Southern Lights for the official launch of this sculptural laser installation. Robinson will speak about Southern Lights, his other laser installations and his career spent exploring the connections of art and science. Attendees can take a guided tour to the river’s edge to experience Southern Lights.

Southern Lights is an installation made of blue and green lasers, and offers an innovative approach to public art by celebrating and highlighting public infrastructure uniquely. Because of its large scale and the possibility to run for up to a decade, Southern Light is the only installation of its kind in the country. First Night Southern Lights is hosted by the Congaree Vista Guild.

Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is coming to fruition through supporters including, What’s Next Midlands, the Congaree Vista Guild, the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, the City of Columbia and One Columbia for Arts and History. Along with leadership and support from the communities who touch the bridges, leaders in the Midlands business community, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, are sponsoring #SouthernLightsSC.

Note: this is not a “laser show” with moving lights. The beams are still, creating a calm, visual presence within the river environment.

This event will be handing out free eclipse glasses to guests courtesy of the City of Columbia, S.C.! Available on event date and time only.

Located at Coble Plaza in Columbia, S.C., hosted by Congaree Vista Guild.


August 19
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Congaree Vista Guild


Coble Plaza
211 Gervais Street
Columbia, 29201
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Contact the Vista Guild for more information (803) 269-5946