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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - 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