Insider Tour

Modern Public Art, Artists + Architecture

Neighborhood: Downtown

Start Location: 1 Bigelow Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (Entrance to the Double Tree Hotel)

End Location: 320 Fort Duquesne Blvd, #103, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Gateway Towers the Condominium)

Time Length: 90 minutes

Distance (miles): 1.5 mile - walking

Sunday Times:

  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Restrooms Available: No

Other: No special comments or notifications.

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Cost: $15

Building Description:

Beginning with the monumental outdoor mosaic installed by artist Virgil Cantini in 1964 and slated for removal and relocation in the near future, join Design Nation for a guided walking tour exploring the relationship between modern & postmodern public art, materials and architectural experience throughout downtown.

Additional sites include sculptor Louise Pershing (1904-1986) nearby the U.S. Steel Tower (Harrison, Abramovitz & Abbe, 1967-71), Mary Callery (1903-1977) within the Alcoa Building, now Regional Enterprise Tower (Harrison & Abramovitz, 1963) and Louise Bourgeois within the Agnes Katz Plaza (Michael Graves with Daniel Kiley, 1999).

Sites which previously featured significant art commissions and projects during the mid and late 20th-century will be visited to observe their change and transformation. 

Part of Docomomo US Tour Day 2018, the annual, national celebration of modern architecture and design featuring public tours and special programs across the United States.

TOUR HOST:   Brittany Reilly, Design Nation with the Pittsburgh Modern Committee of Preservation Pittsburgh

TOUR START LOCATION:  1 Bigelow Square (Double Tree Hotel)