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Field narrowed for Riverlife art project beneath Fort Duquesne bridge

| Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 12:21 p.m.
The mural 'Adjutant' by Kim Beck, beneath the Fort Duquesne Bridge on-ramp along the Allegheny River, is one of Riverlife's art projects. The group is screening three semi-finalists for the next installation in the space.
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The mural 'Adjutant' by Kim Beck, beneath the Fort Duquesne Bridge on-ramp along the Allegheny River, is one of Riverlife's art projects. The group is screening three semi-finalists for the next installation in the space.

A Downtown Pittsburgh nonprofit is inviting the public this week to meet and weigh in on three semifinalists for an art project underneath the Fort Duquesne Bridge as it determines who will get $60,000 for the new installation.

Riverlife announced Monday that it had narrowed the field of applicants for a “to be determined” ongoing art project along the Allegheny riverfront beneath the bridge, from 52 proposals to three teams: Balmori Associates and Future Green Studio, both of New York, and STUDIOGRUBER, a project of Stefan Gruber, an architect and professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Riverlife will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the Bricolage Theater on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, to gather public input on the potential for the riverfront space. Each semifinalist also gets a $5,000 grant to visit the site and conduct meetings with the community.

They will present their final designs to a jury of public art and design experts in February, with the goal of choosing an artist and installing the final project in the spring. The winning design will get a prize of $60,000 for its installation.

Previous installations have included the “Adjutant” mural along the concrete walls; Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts students' “Expressions” project; “Take a Seat,” the GPS-chipped moveable chairs during the Three Rivers Arts Festival and “Displaced,” photographs of Syrian children that were vandalized in June .

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724 836 6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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