Eight local, national, and international artists and artist teams are implementing public artworks for the City of Pittsburgh's latest expansion of its Art in Parks program! These high-impact projects are being designed and installed on a staggered schedule through 2023 in the City’s five regional parks: Frick, Schenley, Emerald View, Riverview, and Highland.
Additionally, five locally-based storytellers were commissioned to document and expand the narrative created by the new public art installations.
This program was made possible by the RADical ImPAct Grant, which was launched in celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s 25th anniversary with the intention of funding bold, forward-looking, creative projects that will have a radical impact on the region.
Below you can find some information on each park, the artists, and the storytellers.
Learn more about each artist and their projects:
Ginger Brooks Takahashi - Schenley Park
Suphitsara Buttra-Coleman - Schenley Park
Sans façon & Steve Gurysh - Riverview Park
Marlana Adele Vassar - Highland Park
The Urban Conga - Highland Park
Ali Ruffner - Emerald View Park
OOA Designs - Emerald View Park
Click here to explore the Art in Parks storytellers and their work!
About the parks:
Pittsburgh’s five Regional Asset District Parks together make up around 2,000 acres, accounting for much of the City’s forest and green space. They also provide numerous recreational and cultural amenities, and hold much of the City’s collection of public art and memorials. Maps, historical information, and more for each park can be found at the Citiparks website.
Schenley Park was created in 1889 with land donated by philanthropist Mary Schenley. A log cabin which sits in the park and was once owned by Schenley is considered to be the oldest home in Pittsburgh. The park is also home to Phipps Conservatory and the Bob O’Connor Golf Course, and sits adjacent to the City’s largest universities.
Schenley Park Artists:
Ginger Brooks Takahashi
Emerald View Park is the newest of Pittsburgh’s Regional City Parks, being officially created in 2007. It was made of the consolidation of existing parks, greenways, and parcels of land. It features many trails winding up and down its hillsides, and beautiful scenic overlooks of the City and its rivers.
Emerald View Park Artists:
Riverview Park was created in 1894 in Allegheny City, thirteen years before it was annexed to the City of Pittsburgh. At the time it was a mostly grassy area known as Watson’s Farm. Now, it is mostly made up of dense, hilly woodlands. There are numerous trails for hiking and jogging, and the only equestrian path found in Pittsburgh’s City parks. The most famous site within the park is the Allegheny Observatory, a historic landmark and institute of astronomical research.
Riverview Park Artist:
Sans façon & Steve Gurysh
Highland Park sits on what was once farmland owned by the Negley family. One of its most famous features, the reservoir, was built in 1879, and people soon began gathering in the area around it for recreation. It opened as a City Park in 1893, with many of its key features being built in the following decade, including the entrance gate, Lake Carnegie, and the first picnic shelters. The Highland Park Zoological Gardens (now the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium) also opened at this time, and remains one of the area’s best-known attractions.
Highland Park Artists:
Marlana Adele Vassar
The Urban Conga
Frick Park is Pittsburgh’s largest City Park, containing land that Henry Clay Frick, the park’s namesake, bequeathed to the City of Pittsburgh at the time of his death in 1919. The park was officially opened in 1927. In addition to the many trails and recreational features, the park also houses the Frick Environmental Center, and the famous Blue Slide Park.
Frick Park Artist:
This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).