In Fields of Friends

Visit this artwork in Frick Park, adjacent to the trails just past Blue Slide Park.

About The Artwork

Matthew's design for a folly in the landscape takes its visual cues from the elegant castle-like entrances of the park's original estate and the whimsical qualities of a merry-go-round. This participatory artwork creates a landmark, a gathering place, and a transition space between the active perimeter of the park and the sweeping natural views beyond.

About The Artist

Matthew Geller

While Matthew Geller's public artwork is visually eclectic, functionality through lines consistently provides moments of respite, contemplation, and interaction befitting the site's context. By considering behavioral design and combining strong visuals and dynamic elements (activated by people and changes in ambient light and weather), the resulting work is in constant flux. The idea is to surprise while fostering a sense of community around an unlikely object or site.

Matthew purposefully uses materials from the everyday environment - anything from benches, to swings, to canopies, to pipes - and brings them into the realm of art. He creates a level of connection to the familiar while highlighting elements of awe and beguilement to make a micro public square or landmark that encourages creative patterns of use.

More information on Matthew can be found on his website.


As you enter Frick Park across from Nicholson Street, take the paved pathway to the left of Blue Slide Playground. You'll see the artwork about 200 yards in, on the right.

artwork location in frick park

Concept Rendering

Art in Parks installation in Frick Park

The Storyteller

At each Art in Parks location, local storytellers created works to document and expand the narrative of the artists.

In Frick Park, artist Sophia Fang painted a series of watercolor and gouache paintings exploring the park and the sculpture created there by Matthew Geller. The series explores Frick Park as a magical, storied ground for shared community-building and gathering.

Sophia Fang's illustration series, What The Frick!, can be seen here:

Community Meeting

A community meeting to discuss the new public artwork in Frick Park was held on Wednesday, Feb 16 2022.

View the video of this meeting here.

This project received a RADical ImPAct Grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).