A sunny Saturday stroll is the perfect time to appreciate the architecture of a large city’s bustling streets. These elements of construction and design set the stage for a neighbourhood’s personality to take shape. Beyond these city bones, however, are the accoutrement that peek around the corners of the offices, shops, and hotels. For the observant, real magic appears in the surprise details: it’s the filigree of a storefront sign, the pitch of a high-rise balcony, a row of Pittsburgh glass windows, and — as was the case this time — surprises of street art. Pittsburgh is also home to the The Andy Warhol Museum.
Street Art Surprises
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — a city shaped by its longtime steel production — visitors can expect to see a core of menacing sky scrapers, enrobed in iron. What they may not expect, however, is an array of street art that spans in size from tiny hidden pictures to complete full-building murals.
Lovers of public art and the avant-garde will find themselves delighted by the pops of colour appearing along the grey sidewalks of Pittsburgh. Maybe an homage to breakfast or perhaps just for some quirky fun, the random cracked eggs that appear for several city blocks are so fun to encounter. As are the pieces of seemingly-impromptu art that serve to distract from otherwise dilapidated abandoned buildings.
While Pittsburgh was once the largest steel producer in the world (Their football team says it all…Go Steelers!), it was also birthplace and home to iconic pop art revolutionary, Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in North America.
The Warhol Museum
Beyond the infamous soup-inspired artwork, The Warhol Museum also features a number of interactive installations that serve to bring to light the unique perspective of Andy Warhol wherein his subjects are active participants in the art making.
Visitors can pose for Warhol video vignettes and leap around with his floating silver clouds. In an extra effort towards accessibility, the Museum also features several pieces for the visually impaired that encourage touch and feel to translate Warhol’s art into raised sculpture-type shapes.
The Andy Warhol Museum is a not-to-miss for art lovers visiting Pittsburgh. Expect to spend upwards of 3 hours touring the exhibits. See Warhol.org for more