Downtown District to Install Life-Size “Columbia” Artwork

ByShannon J. Cortes

Oct 20, 2021


The Downtown Community Improvement District is set to install a life-size “Columbia” work of art on Wednesday.

The City of Columbia plans to close the east sidewalk of South Providence Road to unload and install the sculptures on Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

According to the Downtown CID, the sculpture will spell out the name of the city of Columbia in five-foot stainless steel letters with a globe depicting the letter “O” in Colombia. The “O” will be eight feet in diameter and will light up at night.

Downtown Community Improvement District Letter “O” Globe

The globe will be covered with 11 significant dates in the city’s history as well as words submitted by residents to describe the local community. The art installation is part of Downtown CID’s plan to add more art around downtown Columbia.

Columbia Sculpture Design at Gateway Plaza

Each letter of “Columbia” is configured to present a different aspect of the community with text.

  • C – Place du Palais de Justice
  • O – Globe describing important dates and words from the community
  • L – Public schools
  • U – Higher education for women
  • M – Health
  • B – Transport
  • I – The pioneers
  • A – Creative community

The sculpture is expected to be placed in downtown Columbia at Gateway Plaza, at the corner of Broadway and Providence Rd.

A grand unveiling of the Gateway Plaza is scheduled for November 4 at 5:30 p.m.