Current Projects & Opportunities

PACD New Projects & Conservation Work

A large public art project in the newly-renovated Wightman Park in Squirrel Hill has been completed by artists Oreen Cohen and Alison Zapata. The artists incorporated the park's water and pollinator conservancy initiatives, as well as Pittsburgh's history of glass manufacturing, into a large sculptural bench and three additional free-standing "bug" sculptures. This was a Percent For Art project done by the Public Art & Civic Design Division in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and Council District 8.

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.

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 the community engagement, planning, and installation of the artwork. Initial community feedback was conducted through EngagePGH, and Simon is currently working in the planning and design phase for this artwork.

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.

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 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.

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.

Artists Will Schlough, Tim Engelhardt, and Leonardo Moleiro have completed their hardscape mural installations at the Shiras and Hampshire T stops along Broadway Avenue. These installations are part of the larger Broadway Avenue Public Realm project to enliven this area while improving traffic and pedestrian safety.

The Department of Public Works, along with the Public Art and Civic Design Division of the Department of City Planning, is requesting proposals for coordination of a public art project to be implemented as part of the redesign of South Side Park. The selected applicant will develop their project in coordination with the final design plans for the park. Applicants can find the opportunity on the City's procurement website, Beacon, by searching for "South Side Public Art Coordination".


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