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Perspective on a Mural, 2009

mural in downtown pittsburgh
mural in downtown pittsburgh

“Yesterday’s Tomorrow”, looking up

I just love to look at this mural in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, and I think it’s because unlike most others it’s not really figurative and it has an intentionally limited color palette. It does represent a city scene, but it could just as easily be a collection of shapes. It’s entitled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” and  was designed and painted by Brian Holderman. The mural can be seen at 900 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. For reference, here’s a distance shot, below.

mural in downtown pittsburgh

“Yesterday’s Tomorrow”


Pittsburgh’s Flatiron

triangular building in downtown Pittsburgh
triangular building in downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s Flatiron

Most cities have a Flatiron building–it always seems there’s one spot where the streets come together at an angle and leave an awkward space, and being downtown, someone has to build on it. Downtown Pittsburgh, being built into the “Golden Triangle” where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers come together to form the “Point” at the headwaters of the Ohio River, seems to have triangular buildings on every other corner.

This is just a tiny building in the middle of downtown, now housing Wood Street Station/Wood Street Galleries but originally the Monongahela Bank. Built in 1927 of limestone and marble, with a metal canopy with ginkgo leaf patterns etched in the glass.

Those tall windows are well-suited to an art gallery, and it also houses the offices of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh

city street
city street

Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh

The city street looked so lovely yesterday when I visited. This is part of the Cultural District, the original buildings restored with good cleanings and a fresh coat of paint, and the trees nearing their maturity. Looks like it might be a special neighborhood, but it’s right in downtown.

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Cultural at Night

photo of city at night

Cultural at Night

A lovely spring night in downtown Pittsburgh as the pear trees in the Cultural District bloom and petals swirl in the evening breeze and drift along the sidewalk, lights flicker and people walk around without coats. Waiting for the bus is easy with this much to look at.


A Night at the Theater

photo of busy city corner and theater marquee at night

A Night at the Theater

I went to see Cats last night in one of the grand old theaters in downtown Pittsburgh. While I photographed the marquee just to note that I was there, I really liked this photo of the view of the intersection taken from the elevator in the parking garage, eight floors up. You just never know where you’ll find an interesting photo.

I really love Andrew Lloyd Webber, T.S. Eliot has been one of my favorite poets since college, I’ve read and re-read Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and I am a cat person in general, so after all these years I’ve finally come to the convergence of all these things I really like. But I was disappointed in the show; perhaps it was this production, but it neither felt like the book nor like an enjoyable regalia of a bunch of stray cats, even the costumes weren’t convincing. It’s always enjoyable to be out at the theater, though.


What’s Playing in Pittsburgh

Photo of the Benedum Center's marquee posters

What's Playing in Pittsburgh?

Here’s what’s upcoming at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Stanley Theater) in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. What a welcome sight is all that color and promise on a snowy gray day.

On another marquee I saw that Cats is coming at the end of the month. I’m definitely going.

The Benedum kept the old Stanley Theater’s lighted marquee. The lights flash in sequence so it looks as if the sign is moving. I have a photo of it from one of the art openings, and I’m going to a gallery crawl later this month. I’ll have to work on that one.


Perspective on a Mural

"Yesterday's Tomorrow", looking up

"Yesterday's Tomorrow", looking up

I just love to look at this mural in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, and I think it’s because unlike most others it’s not really figurative and it has an intentionally limited color palette. It does represent a city scene, but it could just as easily be a collection of shapes. It’s entitled “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” and  was designed and painted by Brian Holderman. The mural can be seen at 900 Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh. For reference, here’s a distance shot, below.

"Yesterday's Tomorrow"

"Yesterday's Tomorrow"