Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Kicks Off DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL Today

June 6
12:30 2014
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Kicks Off DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL Today

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents engaging public art and vibrant gallery exhibitions as part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, today, June 6-15, 2014, throughout Point State Park, Gateway Center, and the Cultural District downtown. Several artworks explore themes of sustainability and environmental practices, and others feature elements created through crowd-sourcing and invite viewer participation. Prominent local artists as well as award-winning national artists are featured, presenting Pittsburgh-premiere and world-premiere exhibitions and installations.

"A special programming thread is the intersection of art and the environment. Whether it is the commentary of the built environment in Alexandre Arrechea's monumental sculptures, 'No Limits,' or the gallery exhibitions and public art that reflect upon the natural environment, how we interact and impact the world around us is a core theme I hope audiences will explore this year," says Veronica Corpuz, Director of Festival Management and Special Projects, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

For additional Festival information and for a complete schedule of events, visit

Full details on all the events follow:


Supported by Colcom Foundation
Point State Park, Reflecting Pool at the Portal Bridge

People's Clothing Archive and Library Initiative No 1: o:ne:ka' by local artist Edith Abeyta is an installation exploring collectively, opportunity, and labor. Abeyta crowd-sourced this large-scale sculpture through donated t-shirts. These t-shirts are attached to a wooden framework-spanning the reflecting pool-that forms the word o:ne:ka', the Seneca word for water. The sculpture takes into consideration the physical and historical properties of the site as well as the theme of sustainability. T-shirts were chosen as a medium in order to spur reflection on the potential impact of people recognizing clothing as a renewable resource.

Agnes R. Katz Plaza, 8th Street and Penn Avenue

Artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang created this global public art project inviting reflection on life and personal aspirations. Chang's art prompts people to think about their secrets, wishes, and hopes-and then share them. A large, chalk wall is marked by columns of the phrase "Before I Die ____", and the public is invited to complete the phase using chalk and their personal aspirations. Before I Die began on an abandoned house in New Orleans, LA, after Chang lost someone she loved. 475 Before I Die walls have been created in more than 30 languages and more than 65 countries, including Kazakhstan, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Iraq, Argentina, and South Africa.

Supported by Colcom Foundation
Point State Park, Overlook

This sculptural installation and activity explores the misplacement of compostable items into residential waste streams. Artist Rose Clancy comments on the percentage of compostable organic materials currently being placed into residential waste streams. It encourages viewers to consider their role in the redirection of these materials-from the path of entombment in a closed cell landfill, to the path of a renewable resource that supports the natural cycle of the food web. The public will have the opportunity to create "take-home" compostable sculptures and will be encouraged to recycle their sculpture by later burying it in their own backyard or compost bin.

Gateway Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea's No Limits creates a dialogue between art and architecture. This series of ten monumental sculptures-four of which are shown in Pittsburgh- representing iconic New York City buildings plays on the idea of elastic architecture as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities of shifting conditions and new realities. The buildings portrayed in No Limits are twisted, turned, and rotated, and are fused to spinning tops, resulting in the idea of a building in perpetual motion-a building that can continuously spin, fall, or rise again.


Supported by Lannan Foundation
Trust Arts Education Center, 3rd floor, 805-807 Liberty Avenue
Opening Reception | June 6 | 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk | June 7 | 1-2 p.m.

Photojournalist Carlan Tapp presents a black and white photography exhibition that documents the people and places affected by coal shipping. This exhibition includes 40 digital prints illustrating Tapp's 1,200 mile journey along the train's route to from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest proposed port in Bellingham, WA. The images detail a wide variety of subject matter, from open-pit coal mines in Wyoming to Pacific Northwest towns and Indian reservations. As the United States continues to lower its dependency on coal, coal companies have turned to China. Four daily trains, each with more than 100 cars of coal, are being railed from Wyoming to British Columbia before being shipped to China. For every 500 miles that each train travels, 0.6 tons of coal dust is lost per car, which pollutes communities, ranches, and agriculture.

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