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Art in Parks

Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh's RADical ImPAct project encourages people to reimagine the way they interact with and enjoy public art in parks.

Grantees

Allegheny County Parks and City of Pittsburgh Parks

 

Grant Amount

$1,500,000

 

Project

Allegheny County Parks and the City of Pittsburgh Parks join forces to highlight the symbiotic relationship between art and parks. Their project, Art in Parks, will encourage the public to reimagine the way they interact with and enjoy public art in park spaces.

Allegheny County will enhance Hartwood Acres Park through the creation of a sculpture garden near the Hartwood Acres Mansion grounds.

The City of Pittsburgh will solicit proposals for monumental signature large-scale interactive public works of art in each of the five RAD parks within the city.

 

Progress

County Parks

The Allegheny County Parks Foundation is working with the County on the restoration and relocation of 12 existing sculptures and the commission of one brand new sculpture for the Hartwood Acres Sculpture Garden.

On June 1, 2021, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald along with leaders and officials from the County, the Parks Foundation, and RAD held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres. Dee Briggs was announced as the local artist commissioned to create a new piece for the garden. Work on the grounds will continue throughout the year and will feature ADA-accessible walkways that wind through the park’s lawns to link the sculptures, along with LED lighting and native landscaping.

An additional feature of the Sculpture Garden at Hartwood Acres will be Suffragist Grove – a stand of trees dedicated on August 18, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Hartwood Acres was selected as the site because Mary Flinn Lawrence, who owned the mansion with her husband before it was acquired by Allegheny County, had a long history of advocating for women’s voting rights. Click here to learn more about Suffragist Grove.

 

City Parks

The City of Pittsburgh recently announced the eight artists and teams selected to create high-impact permanent public art installations in the five RAD parks thoughout the city. The eight artists were chosen from a field of 74 applicants from all over the world; five have Pittsburgh connections. The selected artists will collaborate with the City on site selection, design, and installation. Community engagement will be a critical component of design development. Final concepts will be reviewed and approved by the Art Commission. Sequencing and implementation of each project will be staggered, depending on project complexity and weather constraints, beginning this summer, and wrapping up in late spring 2022. Read more about the artists here.

 

Press

NEXTpittsburgh - June 2, 2021

Trib Live - June 2, 2021

NEXTpittsburgh - March 11, 2021

Pittsburgh Magazine - March 8, 2021

Trib Live - February 27, 2021

WESA - February 26, 2021

Pittsburgh City Paper - February 24, 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - November 6, 2020