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Curtain Call: Public Art Project

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


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) on February 28 to discuss potential alternative locations for the installation of Curtain Call in the Lower Hill redevelopment site. The site that was identified is the planned green space on Wylie Avenue near Crawford Street. Walter Hood and the development team are now investigating the feasibility and will develop a concept plan for this location.