The Pittsburgh Art Commission (now called the Public Art & Civic Design Commission) held a Special Hearing on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to consider whether to remove, replace, or alter the Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park, or if no action should be taken. This was followed by a decision by the Art Commission at their regularly scheduled hearing on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, to remove the statue.
All information pertaining to these hearings, including press releases, applications, public comments, and meeting minutes, can be found on the Public Art & Civic Design Commission page. (Search for 'Columbus' in the Meeting Material section.)
During this process, comment was taken by survey on this page. All comments are public record and can be accessed using the link above. Commenters were asked to choose one of the following four options for the statue: No Action, Remove, Replace, Alter. Commenters were also able to leave an optional written statement of no more than 250 words.
Following the decision of the Art Commission, an injunction was filed against the City of Pittsburgh to halt the removal of the statue. In this matter, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County decided in favor of the City of Pittsburgh.
This matter has now been appealed to the Commonwealth Court, with a decision forthcoming.
The City of Pittsburgh remains committed to the removal of the statue following the conclusion of these legal proceedings.