The final sculpture in place.
UPDATE October 2, 2008 – Coming to a wall on Brereton Street: Through the generosity of the Sprout Fund and artist Paul Bowden, Polish Hill is receiving its first public art piece. The work is the first venture into sculpture for Sprout Fund public arts projects. Their history with funding innovative mural projects is apparent throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods. It was only a matter of time before they turned their sights to sculpture.
Paul Bowden is an excellent starting point for this new endeavor. His installation will set a high bar for future projects of this nature. The work is innovative in its installation and reflects the Polish Hill Neighborhood well. The work consists of three bronze castings, which will be installed on the side of 3106 Brereton St. Paul Bowden’s Meeting will be unveiled on Wednesday, October 2, 2009.
The building, which has gone through a long transformation, is the home of Tai + Lee Architects. Yoko Tai and Steve Lee, the firm’s guiding hands, have recently moved their business back to Polish Hill. Their renovation design on 3106 Brereton is amazing. Many thanks to Tai + Lee for allowing the installation of this significant work on their building.
The Polish Hill Civic Association wishes to thank the Sprout Fund, Tai + Lee Architects, PC and the members of the PHCA Art Committee that worked to bring Paul Bowden’s Meeting to Polish Hill.
You can see more information about the Sprout Fund public art project here
UPDATE Sept 4, 2008 – The Sprout project is progressing. PHCA received images from Paul Bowden of the work in progress for the installation of his sculpture. We got the following email from Mr. Bowden –
The bronze castings arrived about a week ago and I am at work finishing them.
This is what they looked like right out of the box. I am now grinding and filing away surface imperfections and casting flaws. Then I’ll weld on the backs and weld bronze into the deeper pits and holes, and grind and file all the excess welded bronze away. After all this I apply the green patina.
Here are the images –
Polish Hill has been awarded a Sprout Fund Mural at 3106 Brereton Street. Well, sort of a mural. We will actually have a small sculpture installed on the wall at 3106 Brereton Street This is a first, not only for Polish Hill, but for the Sprout Fund, which has never funded a sculptural work before.
Paul Bowden, a Harmar Street resident, is the artist that was selected for the Polish Hill project. Watch this page for updates on the project. And congratulations, Paul, on creating a unique design.
Below are the concept images for the “mural”