public art in bluff

Central to many urban revitalization projects is an abundance of public art. Bluff is full of examples.

This mural may be the best I’ve seen in the city:

A painting and sculpture outside James Simon’s studio. Simon is one of Pittsburgh’s most prolific and acclaimed artists. Besides creating beautiful concrete sculptures, Simon also hosts the monthly Gist Street Reading Series at his studio, showcasing emerging writers. The painting, by Kate Bechak, is bananas, and is titled “Bananas.”

The above sculpture and drawing, both on Gist Street, are part of a project called the Art on Gist Street Project, which essentially decorates and livens an entire block. Another piece from the Art on Gist Street Project is Jean Foss’s beautifully framed ‘Oaxacan Dinner,’ below.

Another piece from the project is this sculpture titled ‘The Bridge’ from Heather Powell under a mural by Laura Jean McLaughlin.

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