(PITTSBURGH) June 7, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today invited residents to attend the dedication ceremony for Pittsburgh’s first-ever, artist-designed pedestrian bridge. Designed by local artist Sheila Klein, “Shady Liberty” bridge connects East Liberty to Shadyside, and transforms the bridge into a unique pathway, bringing together the two neighborhoods and creating an enjoyable space for pedestrians. The dedication ceremony will be held next Friday, June 14, from 4 to 6 p.m.
“It has been a priority of my administration to develop and connect Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods in creative and efficient ways,” said Ravenstahl. “The beautifully designed bridge enhances the area’s overall environment and speaks to the character of both East Liberty and Shadyside, while providing pedestrians with easier access to the numerous amenities located in both of these East End neighborhoods.”
The bridge, named “Shady Liberty” by its designer-artist Sheila Klein, is the first-ever, artist-designed pedestrian bridge in Pittsburgh. Initiated in 2007, the City of Pittsburgh, its Urban Redevelopment Authority and local development and construction companies came together with a plan to provide residents with a pedestrian corridor between the second level of the progressing Eastside Development in East Liberty and Ellsworth Avenue in Shadyside. The $950,000 project, funded mostly by PennDOT and also with the support of local foundations, was completed last June. Final deck art work was completed last month.
Realizing the pedestrian-only bridge’s potential to be unique, the City organized community meetings to search for and select a qualified and engaging artist. Klein’s design – incorporating curving fence poles for hanging glass orbs and large glass sequins, handcrafted at the nearby Pittsburgh Glass Center, to decorate the fencing – creatively incorporates art in our neighborhoods while providing a much-anticipated pedestrian throughway. View the bridge’s design here.
The dedication ceremony, led by City Public Art Manager Morton Brown, will take place on the upper parking deck of the Eastside Development, 5880 Centre Avenue, and is free and open to the public.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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