Students Dedicate Sculpture

Mayor Stephen Benjamin and SCSDB representatives cut the ribbon at the sculpture dedication.

Students dedicate sculpture featuring sign language

Downtown Columbia has a new sculpture from the students at the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

The students worked with SC artist Bob Doster to create a unique sculpture that features the “I Love You” hand sign of American Sign Language (ASL). It was dedicated on Oct. 23 at its permanent The new sculpture is made up of multiple stainless steel hands that form a large hand showing the I Love You sign.  location on the corner of Lincoln and Senate Streets.

Over two years ago, students began creating two sculptures – one for Columbia and one for Spartanburg. They traced their hands onto metal and then cut the metal into hand shapes under the direction of Doster. The sculpture components then traveled to Doster’s Lancaster studio for final assembly.

SCSDB Fine Arts Director Josh Padgett came up with the idea for the sculptures and obtained funding for the $10,000 project through the South Carolina Arts in the Basic Curriculum Project and the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation. He then selected Bob Doster to serve as lead artist for the project. Doster is best known in South Carolina for his stainless steel palmetto sculptures. His sculptures adorn businesses, corporate headquarters, cities, and private homes all over the country.

Cathi Holst, an SCSDB graduate and an ASL teacher at the school, said the sculpture sends a universal message. “Even hearing people use this sign to tell their family members they love them – whether they know sign language or not,” she said.


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Description:
The video shows the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Chorus singing and signing the song “May a Rainbow Run Beside You." From time to time, the video dissolves to the sculpture, the wording beneath it, and the ribbon cutting.The sculpture consists of multiple stainless steel hand shapes that combine to make a large hand signing “I Love You."

The words to the song are as follows. (The video does not include any other voiced words.)

May a Rainbow Run Beside You
By Mark Burrows

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home
May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue
And may happiness fill your hearts each day
And bless you your whole life through

May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures
May a rainbow run beside you
May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue
And may happiness fill your hearts each day and bless you your whole life through
And may happiness fill your hearts each day and bless you your whole life through