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On a Street Corner

Shepard Fairey mural
Shepard Fairey mural

Shepard Fairey mural

Interesting to see up close, especially as parts are peeling to see what’s underneath.

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Frances and Friend

female sculpture and snowman
female sculpture and snowman

Francis Xavier Warde with snowy friend.

Someone provided Francis Xavier Warde with a snowy friend on a winter day.

The plaque with the sculpture.

The plaque with the sculpture.

Francis Xavier Warde is one of the Sisters of Mercy who emigrated to the United States from Ireland to found, among other foundations, the institution which became Carlow University in Pittsburgh, providing a baccalaureate eduction to Catholic women. Perhaps this is somewhat sacrilegious, but I think a woman like Mother Frances Warde would have understood.

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All That Glitters is . . . Not a Dinosaur

dinosaur sculpture Philiposaurus in Pittsburgh
dinosaur sculpture Philiposaurus in Pittsburgh

All That Glitters

Isn’t he pretty, all sparkly on such a dark day? Meet Philiposaurus (@ PPG), one of Pittsburgh’s artful dinosaurs. Entirely covers with reflective glass and mirrors, artist Gary Mesa-Gaido’s design was inspired by the similarity between the stegosaurus’s features and the architecture of Philip Johnson’s PPG building.

In 2003, Carnegie Museum of Art and the City of Pittsburgh presented DinoMite DaysSM, celebrating the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s reputation for scientific excellence and connection with the discovery and research into dinosaurs using three different fiberglass dinosaur models and showcasing the talents of established and emerging artists who themed their 100 designs.

Below is what Philiposaurus @ PPG looks like from the side.

dinosaur sculpture Philiposaurus in Pittsburgh

Philiposaurus @ PPG

And also meet Ketchuposaurus, a Pittsburgh tradition!

dinosaur sculpture modeled after heinz ketchup bottle

Ketchuposaurus

And also Mr. Dig. Here are the three waiting to greet you outside the entrance to the Wintergarden at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh.

dinosaur sculptures

Mr. Dig and his buddies.

Read more about DinoMite DaysSM and see the other designs.

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A Couple Turns of the Century

turn of the century seward johnson
turn of the century seward johnson

A Couple Turns of the Century

With the peaks of PPG Place in the background, Seward Johnson’s statue “A Turn of the Century,” in PPG Plaza, a 20-foot-tall, 14,440-pound monumental bronze sculpture based on an 1883 life-sized painting by impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, “Dance at Bougival.” I took the photo at twilight but the sky still has quite a bit of light. The modern glass towers of PPG Place tinted blue by the sky are a wonderful foil the the 19th-century Parisian dancers with even a locust tree lit by a colored light as if they are in an outdoor gathering place at night.

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Walking to the Sky in the Morning

"Walking to the Sky" sculpture
"Walking to the Sky" sculpture

“Walking to the Sky”

This sculpture, a copy of “Walking to the Sky” by Jonathan Borofsky, stands in a common area of the Carnegie-Mellon University campus. It’s quite prominent and seen from the street and many people didn’t like the idea of it before it was installed in 2006 and still don’t like it today. But then a certain number of people don’t like anything new, and it’s just not to others’ taste. Seven individuals of various ages, races, genders and occupations walk up a stainless steel pole set at a 75-degree angle with a couple more watching from below. I like it better knowing the story of its inspiration, stories the artist’s father told him when he was growing up about the giant who lived in the sky and would help those below, and father and son would visit in the stories.

I like the view of it above, it’s interesting and for me illustrates the idea well. Below is a distance view of it from the side, and even though I knew what it was it actually looked as if there was a crane and something was under construction.

You can read more about it on Wikipedia

and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the CMU Tartan.

"Walking to the Sky" distance view

“Walking to the Sky” distance view

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City Fountain on a Hot Night: 2010

city fountain in color at night
city fountain in color at night

Dancing in the Fountain

Families chase each other through the dancing waters of the fountain in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh on a hot night in the city. Changing colored lights illuminate the obelisk in the center as the water jets put on a show of their own.

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Murals of Yesterday and Today

mural
mural

Three guys on bench.

I visited a customer in Homestead, PA today, and parked next to these murals, on the side of a building on a side street. I could only find the name and artist for one, but I will surely find information on the rest.

The pear trees were blooming and traffic was passing so I couldn’t get a clear shot of any of them. However, I liked the young pear tree with its blossoms as part of this photo, delicately decorating the mural of the three bench guys and even intermingling with the faded painted remnants of the shop sign on the brick wall.

tile mural

Mural of individually painted tiles.

mural

Entrance to the Monongahela Valley

Very art deco. as the Monongahela River pours out of the bottom of the painting.

homestead strike

“1892”, the year of the Homestead Strike

Homage to the Homestead Strike in 1892.

"Jitney"

“Jitney”

Mural of individually painted tiles.

Murals of individually painted tiles.

homestead mural

“Homestead” by Ian Green

This is the only mural about which I could find any identification. It’s on a second-story fire escape, and it’s as if the woman is standing there, with her child.

mural

Man coming home from work.

This mural of a man apparently coming home from work, taking off his hard hat as he climbed the fire escape; if you looked across the street from it at the right angle, the railing in the painting mimics the actual railing of the fire escape.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Welcome to the Neighborhood

hand-painted bird house
hand-painted birdhouse

The Pink Birdhouse

Hand made birdhouses, created by local kids in school, hang in young maples along the Panhandle Trail in Collier Township. You can’t miss this one! And it looks like the birds have noticed it as well—this one is either showing signs of occupation from last year, or a new resident this year.


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”


City Fountain on a Hot Night: 2010

city fountain in color at night
city fountain in color at night

Dancing in the Fountain

Families chase each other through the dancing waters of the fountain in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh on a hot night in the city. Changing colored lights illuminate the obelisk in the center as the water jets put on a show of their own.


The Local Graffiti Artist: 2010

graffiti on building

Graffiti Art by Soap

Downed trees reveal a hidden mural. Actually, this was only partly obscured by scrubby sumacs, but I’m glad to see that even in summer we’ll be able to see most of this “unofficial”  mural (we actually have an “official” one).

I always thought “Soap” was pretty talented, and while much of what he accomplished around Carnegie has been painted over, this remains. I don’t condone painting on other people’s property, but I’d love to see areas where graffiti is allowed. In college we had the wall of a walkway between buildings that was called “the graffiti wall”, and they were simply painted over every semester but were always blooming with the creative talent of new minds.

This is an industrial area, and most of it is unkempt, and this mural certainly brightens things up.


Welcome to the Neighborhood

two colorful birdfeeders

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Hand made birdhouses, created by local kids in school, hang in young maples along the Panhandle Trail in Collier Township. They’re not usually hung this close together, but these two look so neighborly.

Local kids finished their art project and hung their birdhouses at the end of last semester so the colors are still bright. I used one of the photos I’d taken just a few weeks ago on a cold sunny walk along the trail for a design project and the colors stayed with me. Today, bright enough in the morning but overcast by afternoon and without the reflected white light of total snowcover, the bright blues and pinks called to me.

I hope they’re calling to the birds too so I know where to find them when I go photographing later in the spring. But in the meantime I enjoy the bright flashes of color in the scrub along the trail.


A Work in Progress

progress of mural

A Work in Progress

This mural is being painted on the wall across the street from the Artisan Marketplace. I have no idea the square footage, but it’s HUGE, and the image fills up the entire wall. I hope to get progress shots each time I’m there.


City Fountain on a Hot Night

ppg place fountain

Dancing in the Fountain

Families chase each other through the dancing waters of the fountain in PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh on a hot night in the city. Changing colored lights illuminate the obelisk in the center as the water jets put on a show of their own.


The Local Graffiti Artist

photo of painted graffiti mural

Artwork by Soap

Downed trees reveal a hidden mural. Actually, this was only partly obscured by scrubby sumacs, but I’m glad to see that even in summer we’ll be able to see most of this “unofficial”  mural (we actually have an “official” one).

I always thought “Soap” was pretty talented, and while much of what he accomplished around Carnegie has been painted over, this remains. I don’t condone painting on other people’s property, but I’d love to see areas where graffiti is allowed. In college we had the wall of a walkway between buildings that was called “the graffiti wall”, and they were simply painted over every semester but were always blooming with the creative talent of new minds.

This is an industrial area, and most of it is unkempt, and this mural certainly brightens things up.


Sidewalk Chalk

photo of drawing in chalk on sidewalk

Serenity

Out of the mouths of babes…the girls creating these two messages were nine years old. Pretty sophisticated, and quite beautiful! They probably walked away and forgot about them, but I just couldn’t let them go.

These photos aren’t from today. Today was dark and rainy and cold, and I got water in my basement. I decided I had to celebrate a summer day. Now, Sweet Dreams…

photo of chalk drawing on sidewalk

Dream


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.


Un-Deck the Walls

photo of people taking down artwork in a gallery

Un-Deck the Walls

The show was called “Deck the Walls”.

The year and the show are over. Today we all went to pick up the art that didn’t sell. I sold one piece–a photograph which I’ll feature soon. In the meantime, the party’s over for Associated Artists of Pittsburgh at Gallery 707.

See the photo from the opening under “Deck the Walls”.


Today is Still Here

Fish in the Air, photograph

Fish in the Air

At least for a few more hours.

No, actually, Today will not be moving to another blog site, at least not in the foreseeable future. For now, Movable Type was a little too difficult to master with the holidays arriving, and I really like WordPress even though there are things I’d like to do with design that I can’t. Ease of use and excellent customer service are better than always getting my way.

In the meantime, if you see fish in the air over your city on a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon, you can just assume you are experiencing a flashback. Or you’ve stumbled through a Narnia portal. Or you’ve invaded a movie set. Or you are at the Children’s Museum on the North Side of Pittsburgh.


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"