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Flipping the Switch in Spartanburg, SC

October 03, 2017 | Features

One year ago the lights came on in Spartanburg, SC. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light brought national attention via nine public art installations throughout neighborhoods across the city. 

The project was a partnership among Bloomberg Philanthropies, the City of Spartanburg Police and Community Relations Departments, internationally renowned light and digital media artist Erwin Redl, the Chapman Cultural Center, and neighborhood associations in the city of Spartanburg. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light, built on National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. 

Spartanburg IN A NEW LIGHT

Although designed to be temporary, many of the sites are still up and running a year later. We invite you to explore Spartanburg's neighborhoods and visit the remaining installations. Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light's mission to improve community relations is ongoing. The spirit of this project continues to live on in the neighborhoods it occupied. It continues to transform the open spaces, creating safer, more vibrant neighborhoods. 

Current Installations

Benchmark Spartanburg

Forest Park
210 Bomar Ave.
CC Woodson Recreation Center: “Benchmark Spartanburg
 Lights on 9 am to 9 pm



Location 1: 
Beaumont Village
201 Beaumont Ave.
Spartan Mills Smokestacks: “Glow

Location 2: 
200 College St.
Spartan Mills Smokestacks: “Glow
Lights on sunset to sunrise


Mobile Suspension

203 E. Main St.
Denny’s Plaza: “Mobile Suspension
Open 24 hours, lights on 5 pm to 10 pm


Under One Roof

South Converse
440 S. Converse St.
Picnic Shelter: “Under One Roof
Lights on 4 pm to 9 pm

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