Artwalk on the Allegheny River
Commissioned large-scale public artwork and inclusive community spaces will create a riverfront "artwalk" with three new gateways to the Allegheny River.
The Artwalk on the Allegheny River project will artistically reimagine two miles of trails, industrial infrastructure, and access points along the Allegheny River from Point State Park throught the Cultural District and up to the Strip District. Commissioned large-scale public artwork and inclusive community spaces will create a riverfront "artwalk" with three new gateways to the Allegheny River - a western gateway under the Fort Duquesne Bridge from Point State Park, a central activation at the Eighth Street block through the Cultural District at Fort Duquesne Boulevard, and an eastern anchor at 28th Street in the Strip District.
The Artwalk on the Allegheny River project has been moving forward steadily in the planning process with the project partners engaging Clear Story to assist with project management and technical assistance for the first bookend site. Milestones for the Fort Duquesne Bridge portion of the Artwalk include vetting Future Green Studio's updated design concept with Department of Public Works, PennDOT, Office of Public Art, and receiving these stakeholders' enthusiastic support and constructive feedback.
David Seiter, principal and lead designer at Future Green, flew in from Brooklyn to present the project at the February 26 Pittsburgh Art Commission hearing. The project received Conceptual/Final Approval from the commission, clearing the way for a spring installation. The commissioners encouraged the project partners to continue to explore complementary programming opportunities such as an Earth Day celebration and art activities to engage the community. Future Green has also been in conversation with Powdermill Nature Reserve to discuss the habitat restoration possibilities of the installation.
The second Artwalk site at 28th Street in the Strip District is in the early planning stages as the project partners formalize agreements with the property owner. An RFQ process will be open for submissions this summer with a new community jury formed to review submissions.