Pittsburgh, PA, January 18, 2012 – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced today that the City’s ongoing conservation efforts for its art collection continues with the recent installation of three freshly restored City-owned sculptures in Mellon Park. The conservation efforts, made possible through a private grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, allow the City to make use of its existing art inventory that previously had been in storage.
“There is no doubt that public art enhances the vibrancy of our City and adds to the high quality of life for Pittsburgh residents,” said Ravenstahl. “Thanks to the generous grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, I’m pleased that we are able to improve our parks and open spaces with beautiful, newly restored artwork.”
The $300,000 grant was secured by the Department of City Planning and its nonprofit partner, the Office of Public Art, in 2007. The grant allows the City’s Public Art Manager to conserve, restore and re-install artworks within the City’s collection that were in the direst need of restoration.
The three restored sculptures in Mellon Park are Five Factors (1973) by Peter Calaboyias, Steelcityscape (1976) by Aaronel deRoy Gruber and Untitled (January Sprinter) (1973), by Tom Morandi. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park will take place later in the spring.
Ravenstahl recognizes the importance of public art and has tasked the Department of City Planning to not only care for the City’s existing art collection, but through ARTPGH, the City’s first public art master plan, also to plan for the future of public art integrated into the City’s urban landscape. For more information on these and other City-owned artworks, please contact Morton Brown, Public Art Manager for the City of Pittsburgh, at 412-255-8996 or email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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