Hey, Greenville 👋 Have y’all heard ofCanvas Tower at 301 College St.? You may recognize it as the former BB&T office tower. Well, this 1970’s building is about to get a major facelift, both inside + out.
Canvas Tower | Photo from The Beach Company
The Beach Company, a Charleston-based real estate development company, is planning to convert the former bank office to a multi-use space. Together with some new construction, the Canvas community will house 31 for-sale townhomes, 48 multifamily for-rent apartments, and 21,805 sq. ft. of retail space.
As for the outside, The Beach Company has commissioned Guido van Helten to use Canvas Tower as the canvasfor a new eight-story mural. Guido is an award-winning Australian artist, known for his towering photorealistic works + the murals he has createdall over the world.
A mural created by Guido van Helten in Fort Smith, AR | Photo from Guido van Helten
When van Helten visited Greenville earlier this year, he met with several community leaders before deciding to explore diversity, connectivity, and unity in Greenville for his concept + the history of integration in education as the unifying theme of the piece.
So, what will the mural look like? Well, that’s a mystery for now.
Rendering of Canvas Tower with Guido van Helten’s mural | Rendering from The Beach Company
Here’s what we do know. We can expect a photorealistic mural of a Greenville resident to cover the façade of the eight-story building + that the design will reference the history of desegregation + integration of schools across the county and convey the impact one teacher can have across multiple generations.
Work is just getting started on the mural + the Greenvillian’s identity will be revealed as the mural progresses. The mural is expected to be finished sometime this fall. You can read the mural project summary presentation here.
The subject of the mural at Canvas Tower remains a mystery.
Any guesses as to who Guido van Helten is going to paint?
○ The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville + the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville are using different approaches when it comes to returning to school this fall. While the school in Hartsville has decided on an online only approach, the School for the Arts + Humanities is going to follow a “hybrid” plan. Read more on the plan here. (Herald-Journal)
○ The South Carolina Department of Education made some major announcements yesterday regarding busing for schools. Buses will be filled only to 50% of their normal maximum capacity, they will be filled from back to front, and all students and drivers will be expected to wear masks. (WYFF 4)
○ Free + reduced price meals will be available for all eligible Greenville County Schools students regardless of what school attendance plan they choose to participate in this fall. The online application for free and reduced price meals is now available and can be found here.
○ The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its list of products containing methanol(wood alcohol) – a substance that may be potentially fatal when ingested or absorbed through the skin – to 75 different hand sanitizers. Read morehere. (WYFF 4)
○ Mobile hotspots + monthly internet access will be available to at least 100,000 SC families, through the end of this year, with priority given to households in counties with a school district having a poverty rate of at least 86%, as defined by the SC Department of Education. (WIS)
○ Pique, Ten at the Top’s young professional event, has been postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19. The organization will hold monthly “Sneak Pique” virtual events leading up to the big in-person event next spring. For questions about ticket sales or refunds, contact Sharon Purvis via email.
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Local artist Lacey Hennessey (you may know her as @hennesseyinthehome on Instagram) recently finished up a new interactive experience – “The Trippy Drippy” – at Immersion SCdown in Columbia.
Lacey’s ice cream-themed room at Immersion SC features color, color, and more color, a cow print sofa (a cowch), hand painted 3D wallpaper, a mural wall, a fabric wall, and more.
Immersion SC promises to be “an interactive, exploratory art space in Columbia, SC, that seeks to draw on all the senses!” and they’re currently looking for more participating artists. Click here to learn more and apply + click here to see more photos of Lacey’s amazing ice cream experience.
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NowOpen ○ Ready for a “staycation?” Check out Lakeside Lodge Clemson, the newly opened luxury condo-hotel + Traditions on the Lake(its full-service restaurant) on Lake Hartwell. Both are now open to the public, after delaying their spring opening because of COVID-19. 💦 (Greenville Journal)
Cause ○ Yesterday afternoon, the Greenville Homeless Alliance(GHA) presented the organization’s first strategic plan + honored two of our area’s strongest allies for the homeless community – Tony McDade and Deb Richardson-Moore. To view GHA’s plan in more detail, click here. (Greenville News)
WaterCooler ○ At their first home game of the season, Greenville Triumph players will don a new patch on their uniforms to promote racial equality. To see a picture of the patch and read more, click here. ⚽
Tech ○ Are you a fan of SXSW? Be sure to check outDig South – the south’s tech hub. Their Virtual Tech Summit started yesterday + is streaming live again today. Be sure to tune in for stand-out content, networking opportunities, investor pitches, exhibitors, and more. 📲
Learn ○ Mental Health America of Greenville County(MHAGC)is hosting the nationally-recognized suicide prevention training – Question, Persuade, Respond (QPR)– twice a month via Zoom. The course is free, roughly an hour long, and will teach participants how to identify signs of suicide + how to help. Sign up for MHAGC’s only remaining session on Oct. 26here. 🧠
Digs ○ If you’re thinking of making a move, now is a great time with interest rates at historic lows. Get started on the house hunt by attending CB Caine’s virtual and in-person open housesthis weekend. 🏡 Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Beard Battle 3.0 features American Ninja Warrior competitors, Brett Sims and Ryan Stratis, competing in a series of courses, with the loser having to shave his beard. The event will be held on Sat., Aug. 1 at MOTIVE School of Movement from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m and is $20 to watch. Ryan will also be holding obstacle course workshops on Fri., July 31st. Find more information and registration details here.🧔🏻Ⓟ