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Curtain Call

"Curtain Call" is a public art project that showcases an engaging, multi-functional artwork at the entrance to the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

Photo: ©Hood Design Studio


Sports & Exhibition Authority


Grant Amount




Curtain Call is a community public art project that showcases a dynamic, engaging, and multi-functional artwork in a high-traffic entrance to the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It will create pedestrian pathways and rain gardens surrounded by 20-foot-high sculptural steel "curtains" that will hold approximately 6,000 6-inch x 6-inch images of Hill District-related history, people, and places connected from the community. Curtain Call is designed by Walter Hood, a highly regarded, award-winning artist and landscape architect. Hood was engaged by the SEA through a public call-for-artists process. A 45-second video of the Curtain Call project, prepared by Walter Hood/Hood Design Studio can be viewed here



The Penguins and its development partners met with Walter Hood (with SEA in attendance) in February 2020 to discuss potential alternative locations for the installation of Curtain Call in the Lower Hill redevelopment site. The review is still underway, and when consensus is reached, an updated schedule will be developed and a presentation will be made to the community.

Learn more about the project here.



Pittsburgh City Paper - Jan. 21, 2019