Current Projects & Opportunities

PACD New Projects & Conservation Work

In 2020, three artists will implement hardscape murals at several T stops along Broadway Avenue in Beechview. Construction and planning related to this project have been temporarily put on hold due to COVID-19.

The 28-panel mosaic by Pittsburgh artist Virgil Cantini was 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. PACD has worked with conservators to successfully remove the entire mosaic, and the City is currently working on plans to determine the best site for a re-conceptualized installation.

Ongoing preservation work is being conducted throughout 2020, including the monuments of Legion Park, the North Shore’s Korean War Memorial, the Cannon in Arsenal Park, the Pius Street Memorial in the South Side Slopes, and the Maine Memorial in Allegheny Center.

As part of its long-term project of researching and cataloguing the City’s art collection, PACD has been installing a series of informative plaques. The plaques 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.

A new and updated version of the City’s inventory of public art and memorials was released in 2020. The latest revision features corrected and expanded information, newly-organized categories for easier reference, and a clearer and more cohesive visual format. It is available here to view on your computer or device or download as a PDF.

Following the release of the updated inventory in 2020, an updated version of the City’s public art map was launched, with the help and support of the City’s GIS Division. The update features corrected and expanded information, along with new color-coded categories and a redesigned and user-friendly format for easy access on a range of devices. It can be found here.

The City was pleased to collaborate with Allegheny County on a successful grant proposal for artistic interventions in regional City parks. The Allegheny Regional Asset District celebrated their 25th anniversary with the RADical ImPAct Grant program to fund projects that will inspire our region for the next 25 years. The City’s project will involve a series of innovative installations in Frick, Schenley, Riverview, Emerald View, and Highland Parks.

The City put out a Request For Proposals to find an artist for a community-inspired artwork on the retaining wall of Townsend Park, which is currently undergoing renovations. Local artist James Simon was selected, and will be conducting community engagement, planning, and installation of the artwork. The timeline of the project is currently under a delay due to COVID-19.

Squirrel Hill’s Wightman Park will be undergoing a comprehensive redesign through the City’s Department of Public Works. Utilizing the Percent 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. The renovation and artwork installation is expected to be completed in 2020.


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