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Got some scrap or lace lying around? Make it part of a new art project taking place in Emerald View Park in Pittsburgh.
The City of Pittsburgh’s Art in Parks Project is currently researching scrap metal, including old pipes, toolboxes and other materials, as well as images and photographs of lace patterns as part of a public sculpture. towering in Allentown Park. The concept is described as “honoring the contributions of women to the home and industrial history of Pittsburgh”.
The project is OOA Designs, a woman owned and operated company founded in 2018 by Oreen Cohen and Alison Zapata. The duo are asking people to donate whatever junk they have and submit photos of lacy, preferably anything that has been in their family. According to a description of the project, the lace patterns will be part of a collage of the “complex steel structure”.
This is not the first park project overseen by OOA Designs. The two artists previously made a series of sculptures for the updated Wightman Park in Squirrel Hill, all of which were unveiled in October 2020.
Those without a material to donate can still contribute to the Emerald View Park Project through a survey on the Art in Parks website, where users can answer questions about their family’s history with the the city’s industrial past, download archival photos, describe their relationship to the park, and more.
The new permanent artwork is expected to be installed in fall 2022.
The sculpture will contribute to Art in Parks’ mission to “encourage the public to reinvent the way they interact with and appreciate public art in park spaces”. Launched by the Pittsburgh Department of Urban Planning, Public Art and Civic Design in 2018, and funded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Art in Parks began as a pilot project to install seven works of art on a small scale in six city parks. In July 2021, the city hired local arts chef Casey Droege to help expand the program.
Besides Emerald View Park, Art in Parks works were also planned for Frick Park, Highland Park, Riverview Park and Schenley Park.