Public Art Downtown
Downtown Florence has a robust public art collection for residents and visitors to enjoy. Currently, the collection contains ten pieces of 2D and 3D artworks from local and international artists. Download the public art trail guide to see each piece in the collection.
Occasionally as funds allow, Florence Downtown Development Corp. in partnership with the City of Florence will purchase new artworks to add to the collection. Artworks will be either community-created or acquired through an RFP process. Any RFPs in partnership with the City of Florence for new public art will be announced here.
2022 Community Mural Project
Downtown Florence is getting its first large-scale mural, and our community is creating it! In partnership with a professional artist team led by Herman Keith, Jr. of the South Carolina Rural Arts Project and our local business owners in the 200 block of N. Dargan Street, this mural will be placed onto the northern facade of 218 N. Dargan Street, site of the former Lincoln Theatre and current home of Thompson Barber Shop in the September 2022.
The mural process is unique—the mural is painted by the community and artist team during our scheduled community mural painting days on a material called mural cloth. That material is perfect for our historic buildings, because even though the project is permanent, it doesn't harm the surface of the historic brick that will be underneath the mural!
Over 450 community members have participated in the project so far at painting events held in July. The mural will be installed in September and the City of Florence will begin constructing a community plaza space in the vacant lot next to the mural. A ribbon-cutting for the mural will be held in October. Community members who participate in the painting will be recognized by a permanent plaque at the mural site to thank them for their contributions to the legacy of Downtown Florence.
Check out the mural albums on our Facebook page to see the process so far.