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PACD Projects & Conservation Work

Artists have been selected for the City of Pittsburgh's 2021 expansion of its Art in Parks program! The eight local, national, and international artists and artist teams will be implementing high-impact public artworks in the City’s five regional parks: Frick, Schenley, Emerald View, Riverview, and Highland. The projects will be designed and installed on a staggered schedule through summer of 2022, with community engagement beginning this summer. To see the names of the selected artists, along with more information about the project, please visit https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/art-parks.

A colorful tile mural on a low wall at Townsend Park depicting a red street car and its eccentric passengers.

A new mosaic mural by artist James Simon has been installed at Townsend Park in Pittsburgh's Elliott neighborhood. The park was recently renovated and, as part of the Percent For Art program, a public art piece was planned for the wall facing Chartiers Avenue. After gathering community feedback, James created this eye-catching streetcar design to welcome both visitors and residents to the neighborhood.

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.

2020 Conservation and Preservation work was done on Lawrenceville's Doughboy statue and Arsenal Park cannon, the North Shore's Korean War Monument, Allegheny Center's Maine Memorial, the Pius Street All Wars Memorial in the South Side Slopes, and all four monuments in Brighton Heights' Legion Memorial Park.

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.

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.

Pittsburgh artist Carin Mincemoyer has been selected as the artist for the coordination of a public art project to be implemented as part of the redesign of South Side Park. You can follow the progress of this project here: https://engage.pittsburghpa.gov/south-side-park-public-art.

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.

 

 

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