Public Art Makes a Splash on Boyd Plaza
Columbia Museum of Art Announces Completion and Dedication of Keenan Fountain & Apollo’s Cascade
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art commissioned a major sculpture fountain for the corner of Main and Hampton Streets on Boyd Plaza in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Using a leadership gift from Colliers Keenan, a statewide commercial real estate firm headquartered in Columbia, the Keenan Fountain is named in honor of Walter Keenan and the Keenan family. The sculpture, which was created by nationally known artist Rodney Carroll, has interactive water features and stands over 25-feet tall. The design incorporates a play and interaction between water and metal, using different alloys to add color and movement to the abstract sculpture.
The sculpture, named Apollo’s Cascade by the artist, is to be dedicated and the fountain turned on at noon on Tuesday, September 25. Carroll, Columbia Mayor Bob Coble, Museum executive director Karen Brosius and Colliers Keenan president and CEO John Folsom will speak about how contributions such as the fountain add to Columbia’s attractiveness as a place to live, play and work. Lunch will be available for purchase during the celebration.
The sculpture is made with three differently colored metals -- copper-nickel alloy, stainless steel and naval bronze. Carroll constructed the Museum project in his studio in Baltimore, Maryland, and is transporting the pieces on flatbed trucks to Columbia where the project is to be installed on site. The name, Apollo’s Cascade, was chosen because it evokes a life- giving force. Carroll also felt the name had a classical theme in line with an art museum’s mission.
Known for his fusion of water and sculpture, Carroll has been commissioned for many corporate and public art projects around the country, including work for the Symphony Center, Baltimore; Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore; Tower Park Corporation, Newport News, Virginia; and Performing Arts Center, City of Ormand Beach, Florida, among many others. He was also commissioned in 1999 by The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore for Scythian Horse, in conjunction with the exhibition, Gold of the Nomads, and it traveled to The San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Missouri; and Grand Palais, Paris.
Colliers Keenan celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, and Folsom said, “A great measure of our successes over the past century stem from our deep rooted presence in the community, as well as the Keenan family’s service and commitment to our beautiful city. The fountain sculpture on Boyd Plaza is the perfect opportunity to give tribute to both. We searched for a project that could be enjoyed by all citizens and serve as a benchmark for the great renaissance our city is currently undergoing. Our hope is that this project becomes a ‘postcard’ for downtown Columbia and a long-lasting source of pride for its citizens.”
Brosius said, “This sculpture fountain brings art and vitality to downtown Columbia and is an exciting addition to the continued revitalization of downtown Columbia. We are so grateful to Colliers Keenan and to all the donors for their
generosity toward this artistic contribution to this community.”