05 March 2016

Triangle Park Rotating Artwork

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Between 5th Ave, Liberty Ave, and Market Street sits a small green space known as Triangle Park. In Sep 2013 it became the backdrop to an art installation sponsored by The Magenta Foundation which they called a Pop Up Photography (POP) Exhibition. Meant only to last a few months, it was eventually removed. The 2013 display consisted of the sidewalk art seen above as well as a vertical display on the north side of the park. New artwork on that vertical display showed up the following year so we decided to have just one entry on the map for this location. As we discover new art we'll simply add it to this page (newest at the top).

Farm Animal Portraits

The 2016 installation gives us vivid depictions of farm life animals. You gotta love the expression on the donkey's face! From left to right the artists are: Julia Melnyk, Aleksei Kaminski, Emily Quin Dowd, Ben Finnstrom, and Elizabeth A. Sprenkel.

Self Portraiture

In 2015 we discovered this artwork done by various students from the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) school. We have not been able to identify the individual artists. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust stated that The goal of this installation is to celebrate high school students and give them a platform for their creativity in a larger public venue, while inspiring all of us to celebrate artists at all stages of life.

The Oval Portrait

The Oval Portrait by Ivette Spradlin was a 2014 display at this location.

The artist is quoted on Magenta POP’s website as saying: The Oval Portrait is based on a short story of the same name by Edgar Allen Poe about the balance needed between the artist’s love for his art and his beloved. Here, women who have dedicated their life to their craft become the muse and the artist of Poe’s story.

From the Same Bulb

The following information is provided on the website for this artwork:

One of my yearly garden/art rituals is to plant Elephant Ear bulbs in the spring and harvest the leaves in the fall for photographic work. For me, working in the yard and making art are parallel practices. I approach both endeavors in a similar fashion, initially starting with a plan and then, as the project advances, collaborating with my materials. Every year, the Elephant Ear work evolves. The earliest images are black and white photograms. Later work includes scanned leaves, bulbs, roots and dirt. This project also works on another level, as a form of emotional relocation. One of the final stages of the grief process, emotional relocation occurs when the survivor develops and ongoing relationship with memories associated with the deceased. Working on the home and in the garden were a significant part of my relationship with my husband who died suddenly in 2006. Thus, the Elephant Ear project, by integrating aspects of our shared life, allows me to move forward, while staying connected to my past. sueabramson.com

From the Same Bulb was the vertical display in the sheltered partition. The other half of the 2013 exhibit was Organic Cosmic Mandalas by Philomena O’Dea, displayed on the sidewalk.





The information included with the display stated:

I am drawn to nature photography for it's capacity to slow the senses as well as to fill them, to attend to what is present without distraction, to promote healing and to reveal the constant change in everything. According to the psychoanalyst Carl Jung, mandalas represent universal archetypes in the individual psyche. He found that they emerge in times of personal and social upheaval, and that "this is evidently an attempt at self-healing on the part of nature, which does not spring from conscious reflection, but from an instinctive impulse". Each image exhibited here is comprised of one dandelion; no other element is incorporated. There was no predetermined design, no idea to conform to, simply a spontaneous playful curiosity applying Photoshop software to scanned negatives, which subsequently morphed into images resembling mandalas. Everywhere in nature, one can find organic mandalas and fractal geometry - from the structure of coral to a fern leaf or a sunflower, and from the majesty of a crystallized snowflake to the lowly weed we call a dandelion. Organic-mandalas.com

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