Guidebook seeks to bring people, public art together

| Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 8:13 p.m.

Publication features new photos, maps, more tours

In the past five years, more than a dozen pieces of public art have been added to Downtown and North Side spaces.

Romare Bearden's mural “Pittsburgh Recollections” has been re-installed in the Gateway Center T Station. Cell Phone Disco brightens Tito Way between Penn and Liberty avenues. Ned Kahn's “Cloud Arbor” creates clouds of mist in the North Side's Allegheny Center.

The number of notable changes inspired the Office of Public Art to update and expand its guidebook, “Pittsburgh Art in Public Places: Downtown Walking Tour,” with a third edition that features new photographs and maps, increases the number of artworks covered — from 88 to 115 — and increases the number of tours.

Designed by Little Kelpie with photography by Renee Rosensteel, the book aims to connect people to art in public places with five informative self-guided walks — up from four — that can be completed in 80 minutes to 120 minutes or longer if you engage in additional contemplation or exploration.

The guide is free and can be obtained at the Office of Public Art, 810 Penn Ave., Suite 200, Downtown, or downloaded at

Copies also will be available at a free event from 5 to 7 p.m. July 25 at Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St., Downtown, to celebrate the book's publication.

Many of the artists represented in this new edition will be on hand, and cake and champagne will be served.

Admission is free, but organizers request you let them know you're coming by calling 412-391-2060, ext. 237.

Alice T. Carter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at and 412-320-7808.

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