Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light

A collaborative, neighborhood-based art-making process to enhance community policing and public safety

The City of Spartanburg has been selected as one of four cities to receive up to one million dollars as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

Spartanburg’s winning project, Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, will bring temporary art installations to public spaces in 10 city neighborhoods in time for National Night Out, October 4, 2016. The project is a partnership among City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, and neighborhood associations in the City of Spartanburg. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light builds on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.

Starting in late Fall 2015, artist Erwin Redl began collaborating with the City’s police department and selected neighborhood associations to design and develop LED light installations that transform open spaces and create safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. Erwin is a visual artist internationally renowned for his L.E.D. light installations and his capacity to bring dynamism and vibrancy to ordinary spaces.

Neighborhoods selected to receive installations are:

• Beaumont Village
• Downtown Spartanburg
• Forest Park
• Hampton Heights
• Highland Neighborhood
• Maxwell Hills/Duncan Park
• Northside
• South Converse
• Andrews Farm & Converse Heights will participate in a joint installation on the Cottonwood Trail that connects both neighborhoods.

Tuesday Trolley Tours

Take a trolley tour and let us handle the driving while you take in the fantastic Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light installations. Trolley tours are offered every Tuesday until November 29, with two time slots available, 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. See the information below for more details, and purchase tickets at the Chapman Cultural Center website.

Cost

  • Children 0-4 years Free but must have a ticket 
  • Youth 5-18 or college students with ID $7.00 
  • Adults 19 and up $15.00, $2.00 discount per ticket for groups of 20 or more
Details 
  • All trolley visitors meet in Visitor Center at Chapman Cultural Center 200 E. St. John Street
  • Visitor Center is located on first floor of the Carlos Dupre Moseley Building
  • 90 minute trolley with docent providing details of each art installation and facts about the Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light Project.
  • Audio tour also available by Artist Erwin Redl
  • Parking is free at Chapman Cultural Center or St. John Street Parking Garage
  • Guests may bring food and beverages but NO GLASS is allowed.

Schedule

5:30 p.m.

  • Trolley departs Chapman Cultural Center to Mobile Suspension at Denny's Plaza. Guests unload on Broad Street. Guests have 5 minutes to view Mobile Suspension. 
  • Trolley travels to River Poetry at Cottonwood Trail. Guests unload for 10 minutes (requires walking on nature trail to see exhibit, wear walking shoes) 
  • Trolley travels to Under One Roof at S Converse St Park. Guests unload for 5 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels to Islands of Light at Duncan Park Lake Guests stay on the trolley.
  • Trolley travels to Benchmark at CC Woodson Center. Guests unload and visit the work for 5 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels Spartanburg Swing in Hampton Heights. Guests stay on the trolley.
  • Trolley travels to Video Village in Highlands. Guests unload and visit the work for 10 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels back to Chapman Cultural Center, returning at 7:00 p.m.

7:15 p.m.

  • Trolley departs Chapman Cultural Center Visitor Center to Mobile Suspension at Denny's Plaza. Guests have 5 minutes to view Mobile Suspension.
  • Trolley travels to Under One Roof at S Converse St Park. Guests unload for 5 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels to Islands of Light at Duncan Park Lake Guests stay on the trolley.
  • Trolley travels to Benchmark at CC Woodson Center. Guests unload and visit the work for 5 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels Spartanburg Swing in Hampton Heights. Guests stay on the trolley.
  • Trolley travels to Video Village in Highlands. Guests unload and visit the work for 10 minutes. 
  • Trolley travels to Glow, first drives by VCOM on Howard Street and then to Beaumont Mill Smokestack. These are drive by experiences, guests do not unload.
  • Trolley travels back to Chapman Cultural Center, returning at 9:00 p.m.

Trolley Tickets

Project Information

For more information about Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, follow the link below.

New Light

In The News!

Follow the link below to see media coverage of Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light

Media Coverage

Artist Information

For more information on the work of artist, Erwin Redl, follow the link below.

Erwin Redl