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Lovely Rita the Meter Maid
08/02/12 Print View
City Center Partnership Unveils Public Art Installation

Columbia, SC-February 1, 2012- City Center Partnership in conjunction with the City of Columbia announces the installation of “Lovely Rita the Meter Maid” at noon on Thursday, February 2 at 1136 Washington Street in front of the City of Columbia’s Parking Payment Center. The art piece was created by artist, Matthew Kramer for “Change for Change”, a community art project transforming parking meters into art to raise money benefiting the Climate Protection Action Campaign.

“Lovely Rita the Meter Maid” was acquired by City Center Partnership through the efforts of its Public Art Committee. City Center Partnership has identified 17 sites on Main Street that can accommodate public art. Currently, 125 defunct City of Columbia parking meters have been donated and retrofitted with new posts and bases, and are waiting to be turned into works of art.

About City Center Partnership
City Center Partnership, Inc. (CCP) is a non-profit organization that manages
South Carolina’s only managed Business Improvement District in the 36-block area bounded by Gervais, Elmwood, Assembly, and Marion streets in downtown Columbia. The organization is funded by the property owners within the 36-block area. For more information, please visit


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