Walk this Way: How to Get into Pittsburgh’s Public Art

Monday, 14 April 2014 10:50 AM Written by  Laura Zorch


Golly, wouldn’t it be nice if Pittsburgh had a world-class collection of art in public places? Oh wait… Pittsburgh DOES have a world-class collection of art in public places. Yes, that is right - Pittsburgh plays host to tremendous works of public art from artists like the father of conceptualism Sol LeWitt, the veritable Renaissance man Romare Bearden, and the renowned sculptor Louise Bourgeois. The collection in our fair city is awesome.

To help you navigate and discover the art in your neighborhood, the Office of Public Art hosts monthly, guided walking tours. Each month we explore a different section of the city with the help of expert guides and, when available, the artists that completed the work.

Want to take your picture with artist Peter Calaboyias while standing in his Five Factors sculpture in Mellon Park? We got you. Interested in hearing about The Secret Life of Robots from the robot guru artist Toby Fraley himself? Sure thing! Need access to the roof terrace of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to watch Jenny Holzer’s For Pittsburgh zoom through the night sky? You know it.

In fact, you can join us, the Office of Public Art, on Friday, April 18th at 7pm to do just that. Our April tour focuses on text-based public artworks, including For Pittsburgh, Ayanah Moor’s A to Z Like Me, and Mary Mazziotti’s Memento Mori. Artists Ayanah Moor and Mary Mazziotti will be on hand to talk about their work too. Additional tours this spring will take us to the Carrie Furnace site in Rankin on Saturday, May 10th to see the Carrie Deer by the Industrial Arts Co-Op and to the outside works at the Carnegie Museum of Art on Friday, June 20th.

Jenny Holzer For Pittsburgh, deep blue sweeping arches, about 30 feet long and sweeping upward from a crowd looking up at them, from underneath. On each arch is scrolling LED text, which the viewer can read. It is on the rooftop of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

So grab your friend, your date, your dad… whoever! Sign-up for a public art walking tour today at publicartpittsburgh.org. We will be so happy to see you and open your eyes to the art in public places. Head to Pittsburgh Art Places to find even more great works of art in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, including the ability to map out your own public art tour for a day trip or culture tour.

The Office of Public Art is a partnership between the City of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. We provide technical assistance and educational programs about public art in our region. 


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