Irmo town council pulls plug on idea to move Busted Plug sculpture

Published: Sep. 7, 2016 at 3:48 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM EDT
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IRMO, SC (WIS) - Irmo town leaders have dismissed the idea of moving a popular piece of artwork in Columbia to their town.
Tuesday night the Irmo town council voted not to look into the cost of moving The Busted Plug out of the capital city. The fire plug sculpture has sat on Taylor Street near Bull Street in Columbia for years and was designed for the city by artist Blue Sky. 

New owners for the lot have been considering plans that likely will not include the artwork and that is why Columbia's City Council have been looking for a new place to put it.

Irmo leaders say early projections showed moving the plug there would cost around $200,000. Tuesday night several members of the council said "no" to the idea.
"If we're going to do a piece of art work I think we make a locomotive and we have a splash out of the turret of the locomotive and we do it and we have the actual train company pay for that, and now we've got something that is part of Irmo's history," said town councilman Mark Pouliot before the council took its vote.
Meanwhile in Columbia several people who were near the plug Tuesday made the case on why it should stay.
"I don't feel as though they should remove it," said Robin Goldsby, who stopped to take a picture at the piece with her friend, "because this whole area would just be blank and it would just be boring."
Columbia's City Council has considered another plan to move the Busted Plug to Finlay Park. However, years have passed and that idea still has not been put into any action.


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