Best use of space in the Vista

04/25/2013 12:00 AM

04/25/2013 6:29 AM

In an area known for its creativity, here are some winners when it comes to taking advantage of space:

•  Shakespeare in the Park, performed on Finlay Park’s island stage, where the actors’ voices are carried by the water.
•  The April 2012 art installation “Ghost Trees.” Artist Kara Gunter created stumps of trees from layered paper and adhesive in a partly sunny alley off Gervais Street as part of that year’s Artista Vista.
•  EVERYONE’S use of the Columbia Music Festival Association’s ArtSpace on Pulaski Street. (Although the Festival of Doom, Alternacirque’s bawdy alt-vaudeville show, is perhaps the coolest user of them all.) Under director John Whitehead, the rentable ArtSpace serves as an incredible incubator for Columbia’s startup performing arts groups.
•  Thirsty Fellow and the Palmetto Pig, neighboring fun spots in a sea of asphalt between the Carolina Coliseum and Huger Street

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