Projects

2019 - We Are Pittsburgh -Public Art Facade Project
2019 - We Are Pittsburgh -Public Art Facade Project

We Are Pittsburgh transforms the facades of 625 Stanwix Street into a visual tribute to influential people who had their beginnings in the Pittsburgh area. The artwork was created by J.Chang and A. Ramon; comprised of 20 artistic banners covering nine stories of the north and east elevations of the building. The composition depicts noteworthy individuals who had their beginnings in Pittsburgh, from steel industrialists to activists, poets, and singers, this installation celebrates those who, through their significant contributions and accomplishments, both in and beyond the city, have helped make Pittsburgh great. The artwork is created using pixilation, triangulation, bursts of color, and abstraction, generating an optical illusion that changes the artwork depending on the distance and viewpoint. The composition emerges in greater clarity when seen through a camera or phone screen, encouraging interactivity through technology.

2018 - Artist Designed Intersection
2019 - Artist Designed Intersection

This artist-designed intersection project was installed within the intersection of Ellsworth Avenue and Maryland Avenue in Shadyside neighborhood. It celebrates Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ community, and honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Leonardo Moleiro’s mural and use of his signature ‘Totems’ helps to promote inclusion and quite literally, intersectionality, between a group whose struggle continues fifty years after the landmark event. The project is a partnership between the PA+CD and Council Office District #8, where funding was devoted for the project.

2018 - Paulson Park
2019 - Paulson Park

After undergoing a complete renovation, in 2019 Paulson Playground will re-open as Paulson Spray Park. The new facility is the site of an artistic hardscape mural, funded by the 1% For Art. Artist Will Schlough’s design integrates the park’s water-based play equipment with a colorful coral reef, resulting in a lively and dynamic environment for imaginative play.

2019 - Pipe Movement in Blue Artwork Conservation
2019 - Pipe Movement in Blue Artwork Conservation

PA+CD worked with a professional team led by Glen Gardner and Electrokote to restore Pipe Movement in Blue by Josefa Filkosky, an outstanding piece of the City’s Art Collection. This artwork has been entirely refurbished and installed at the entrance of Paulson Spray park. This eye-catching metal sculpture complements Schlough’s design and creates a harmonious and engaging composition for the park as a whole.

2019 - Public Art PODCast Series
2019 - Public Art PODCast Series

The series explores the nature of public art in evolving neighborhoods, the process of artmaking in times of social change, the legacy of permanent monuments, and the unique history of Pittsburgh as a city made of many distinct and interrelating communities. Written versions of each podcast are available to download for the hearing impaired, and maps show the locations off all referenced artworks.

2018 - Wightman Park
2018 - Wightman Park

Squirrel Hill’s Wightman Park will be undergoing a comprehensive redesign through the City’s Department of Public Works. Utilizing the 1% For Art, the renovation will include several public art components by artists Oreen Cohen and Alison Zapata. The artwork will be inspired by the history of the site and will conceptually mirror the new park’s focus on water and natural elements.

2018 - Informative Plaques on City’s Art Collection
2018 - Informative Plaques on City’s Art Collection

In 2018, PA+CD began a new step in its long-term project of researching and cataloguing the City’s art collection with the introduction of a series of informative plaques. The plaques will identify pieces of City-owned artwork, bringing attention to art and memorials that may otherwise be overlooked by passersby, as well as creating an easily identifiable citywide network of public art sites.

2018 - Phoenix Sculpture Conservation
2018 - Phoenix Sculpture Conservation

Working with the Department of Public Works, PA+CD refinished Phoenix, a monumental wooden sculpture by renowned local artist Thaddeus Mosley. After nearly forty years of exposure to Pittsburgh seasons, the red cedar sculpture had developed natural cracks in several places. With the advice of the artist, the sculpture was re-stained and sealed against further weather damage.

2018 - Cantini Conservation and Preservation
2018 - Cantini Conservation and Preservation

In the fall, restoration experts did a successful test removal of one of the panels of the 28-panel mosaic by Pittsburgh artist Virgil Cantini, a work of art installed in a pedestrian underpass in 1964. The underpass will be closed permanently as part of the I-579 Cap Project, which includes a new, at-grade public park. Work towards the removal, storage, and future reinstallation of the full mosaic will be underway in 2019.

2018 - World War I & II Monument Conservation
2018 - World War I & II Monument Conservation

PA+CD staff coordinated repairs to a Spring Garden monument to World Wars I and II. The large marble monument had lost one of its two brass medallions featuring an insignia of military arms. A new fixture was cast and expertly modeled to match the existing medallion, and was installed by the Department of Public Works.

2018 - Stephen Foster Removal
2018 - Stephen Foster Removal

Following a process of community feedback and a decision by the Pittsburgh Public Art Commission, the statue of Stephen Foster that had been located outside of the Carnegie Museum in Oakland was removed from public display. Efforts to determine an appropriate site for relocation are being undertaken by the City in 2019.

2017 - Stephen Foster Hearings
2017 - Stephen Foster Hearings

The City’s Art Commission, voted for the removal and relocation of the Stephen Foster statue. PA+CD established the process and a neutral platform for everyone to express their position regarding the monument. The Art Commissioners made careful deliberation and took a stand on the representation and use of Public Art and Public Property. The deliberation was a great accomplishment for the Art Commission which was resolved in a transparent, organized and professional manner. PA+CD will be working with various City departments to oversee the removal of the sculpture as well as coordinate its relocation.

2017 - James Myford Artwork Conservation
2017 - James Myford Artwork Conservation

A large work by local sculptor James Myford was given a new refinishing after vandals marred the bright aluminum surface. The sculpture, located in Grandview Park, was the artist’s largest work at the time of its creation. The sculpture was originally made in 1973 but had been fully recreated by the artist in 2010 in coordination with a City conservation program.

2017 - Troy Hill World War I Monument Conservation
2017 - Troy Hill World War I Monument Conservation

A World War I monument in the Troy Hill neighborhood that had previously been toppled by a vehicle was once again subject to damage from local traffic. PA+CD had new bronze eagles cast for the restoration and the Department of Public Works created a new traffic island to protect the memorial honor roll and to increase the safety of the intersection.

2017 - Bordas Artwork Conservation
2017 - Bordas Artwork Conservation

A piece of abstract sculpture by artist Edward Bordas was restored by the PA+CD Division through a grant by the R. K. Mellon Foundation and placed in a new location at the Schenley Park Swimming Pool. The sculpture, originally commissioned for the Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill, had been in storage since renovations to the library had necessitated its removal in the 1990s.

2017 - Carrick artist-designed intersection
2017 - Carrick artist-designed intersection

The City installed its first artist-designed intersection in March of 2017 at Brownsville and Parkfield Roads in Carrick. Artist Guy Ruff was selected to implement his design, which combined themes of place-making and safety with symbolic representations of the neighborhood’s identity. The enhanced intersection both performs a traffic-calming function as well as providing an elevated pedestrian experience.

2012 - East Liberty Pedestrian Bridge
2012 - East Liberty Pedestrian Bridge

The East Liberty Pedestrian Bridge, erected in 2012, was a collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh, the URA, PennDOT, private companies, and community organizations, and was designed by artist Sheila Klein. The bridge serves to reconnect two neighborhoods, East Liberty and Shadyside, which had been separated by earlier development projects.

2012 - The Workers
2012 - James Myford Artwork Conservation

Installed in 2012, The Workers was the result of twenty-four artists collaborating over the course of fourteen years. The City commissioned this work to pay tribute to the Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. It stands in the South Side Riverfront Park and utilizes reclaimed metal from the local steel industry.

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