Hypnartic Artwork offered Charleston, South Carolina its own version of southern charm with a lively outdoor display of its Solar Flare kinetic wind sculpture during the company’s January visit to the largest and oldest city in the Palmetto State as part of its 2018 East Coast Tour.
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The Solar Flare sculpture enlivened the scenic grounds of the White Point Garden located within Charleston’s Historic District with an energetic mixed media exhibit. Each of Solar Flare’s five gleaming stainless steel curved blades spun in tandem while stationed before the towering Salisbury Pink granite pyramid of the USS Hobson Memorial.
The dual display juxtaposed a stark contrast between the modern materials and engineering used in the creation of the metal sculpture with that of the historic stone monument. The pair seamlessly blends America’s current manufacturing advancements with its historical ship building and naval past.
The USS Hobson Memorial features a black sundial inset on its face located atop an inscribed list of names of the 176 U.S. Navy servicemen who had perished at sea on April 26, 1952 while stationed upon the sunken the USS Hobson (DD-64) destroyer warship. This fatal accident occurred when the USS Hobson collided with its fellow U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Wasp (CV-18) while executing a nighttime turn in the North Atlantic off the coast of the Azores.
The base of the USS Hobson monument is surrounded by a collection of 36 eclectic-shaped granite inscribed with the home states for each of the fallen U.S. Navy servicemen. The memorial’s architect of record is William Henry Deacy whose professional credits include the Arkansas State Memorial located within the expansive Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, the Boy Scout Commemorative Tribute Memorial in Washington, D.C and the Horace Greeley Memorial in Chappaqua, NY among other monuments.
While the size of Charleston spans just under 157 square miles, a plethora of well-preserved historical residential, commercial and religious architecture fills the compact city. Its vast portfolio of structures encompass diverse styles of Federal, Georgian, Greek Revival, Italianate and Queen Anne. A multitude of churches of various religious denominations graces Charleston’s cityscape earning its Holy City nickname.
As a testament to the architectural design quality of its structures, a portion of Charleston’s downtown Historic District was declared as a National Historic Landmark District in 1960 prior to being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
In addition to the diversity of its architectural gems, Charleston offers signature designs such as the Charleston Single House and Rainbow Row. The former refers to a narrow house design featuring an exterior covered porch attached to an interior living space consisting of one expansive room. Meanwhile, Rainbow Row colorful cluster of thirteen historic homes each painted in a bright pastel is perhaps Charleston’s most photographed attraction.