Lighten Up Spartanburg – Part 1

Heard it in a Love Song – Marshall Tucker

Recently, Spartanburg Art Museum launched a large public art project called Lighten Up Spartanburg.  (See more of the bulbs at #artbulbs on instagram).

This project takes six feet tall light bulbs that artists altered in some very creative ways and has placed them around the city.  Each time The Dane and I go into Spartanburg, we hunt around for the new bulbs.  It’s wonderful fun.

My understanding is that there will be a total of 28 light bulbs placed around local businesses that have sponsored the bulbs.

The Dane and I are nowhere near finding all the bulbs, but I thought I’d share our adventures in finding them.  Since the project is in the early stages, I don’t have information on many of the artists or the names of each one.  As I learn things, I’ll come back and add the information.  There is also an app.

The First Bulb – featured in Don’t Worry, Be Happy

(I call this bulb “Sparky”)

This was the first bulb we saw.  It’s placed downtown on Morgan Square.  Since our first visit with him, there have been some alterations.  The last time we went by, I noticed that he had tape between the right handle and the lens of his glasses. 

Bulb #2 (featured in Mondegreen)

This bulb is located on Wall Street.

Bulb #3

This bulb is located in front of Olive and Then Some.

Bulb #4 – featured in Essentials – Field Jacket

This bulb is located at the Marriott.

Bulb #5

This bulb is located across from Cribbs Kitchen.

Bulb #6

This bulb is located in front of the Local Hiker (great store, by the way!)

Bulb #7

This bulb is located in Morgan Square.

Bulb #8

This bulb is located on Dunbar Street.

Bulb #9

This bulb is located across from Flying Aces.

Bulb #10

This bulb is located at Spartanburg Community College.

Bulb #11

This bulb is located at The Southern Planter.

Bulb #12

This bulb is located in front of The Lime Leaf.

Bulb #13

This bulb is located at the Co-op.

Bulb 14

This one is called “People and Places” by Beth Regula  (It’s my favorite so far). 

This bulb is located at Flying Aces.

Bulb #15

This bulb is located further down the street from Flying Aces.

We are half way there.  Can’t wait to see the rest of them!

If you could create an #artbulb for this project, what would it look like?

Thanks for stopping by!

~PJ

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