more hidden artistic treasures in Pittsburgh

Every older Northeastern city has its share of history. Boston has roots in the American Revolution. New York has well…being new York. Philadelphia has the Liberty Bell and South Street. Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Flats District. Pittsburgh has the unique characteristic of being less than a day’s drive from all of them. It’s able to draw influences from each. It’s made it a lower cost of living alternative and people are taking advantage. There is a burgeoning technological community. Art is thriving and education is part of the city’s backbone. Every neighborhood seems to have a small business.

I’m not looking to be the only WordPress authority on Pittsburgh. That’s impossible. I’m looking to document the love my fiancé and I have for the city. We love to explore. On Friday night we went to see the second day of an art opening at a collaborative gallery called the Townhouse located in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood. They were showing reclaimed items that were turned into furniture. It also happens to be next to this really cool abandoned movie theater that I would love to explore.


The explosion of galleries that are extensions of collaborative work spaces like Brunoworks and The Beauty Shoppe is amazing. It’s a direct extension of the energy that is in the city right now. There is a new one popping up in the Allentown section of the city that provides a podcasting studio. Any creative idea can be turned into reality through either collaborative or monetary support. Other links not in this blog will be listed in the cool links page.

We also decided to find some of the exhibits listed in the office of public art’s downtown walking tour book. I learned a ton. This mural is viewable from Fort Duquesne Boulevard and was painted by Richard Haas in a specific 3d design. It depicts the inside of a steel mill.


People rarely go into the old churches in downtown that date back to colonial times. Some important people involved with the fight for independence were buried in downtown. The below photo was taken from the area that used to be the graveyard. Some of the architecture is amazing. It’s a very peaceful place in a bustling area.


This picture is in one of the urban gardens that are all over the city. People walk by them every day and don’t have the time to sit and enjoy. Aside from my slightly shaky hand – Jess looks beautiful as always.


Below is an artist relief that dates back to 1865 and is believed to be of George Washington. They were saved when the original building was torn down in the early 1900s. Too bad this one had a corner removed to make room for a window. There are many more in the building and they face an alley, so hardly anyone sees them.


This picture was taken in the Wood Street subway – or T – station. The forms are by Sol Lewitt who explores geometric designs in most of his works. I can actually take the time to appreciate things like this now.


The next picture is a mural by Brian Holderman and is meant to depict the city of the future.


Here is another point of view of one of my favorite modern sections of downtown.


Lastly, this link – – is to new Youtube video showing Jess interacting with an electronic artwork that reflects nearby cell phone usage. Check out what happens when she holds her phone up next to it.

I love this city. There will be more documented walking tours of downtown posted on here. I hope you enjoy!


6 thoughts on “more hidden artistic treasures in Pittsburgh

    • Thank you! I have another post like this in the works. There is a lot of unknown and forgotten stuff like this downtown. I’m looking forward to meeting you too and can’t wait for the performace. I hope we helped drive some traffic!

    • Thank you for coming back! It means a lot to me! I love the fact there is so much public art within walking distance and a short public transit ride of our apartment. I have much more to document… 🙂

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