Downtown Activation + Public Art

Developed in 2013, the Downtown Activation and Public Art initiative is a multi-year effort to enhance the Downtown neighborhood through public art events, creating thoughtful and innovative programming that enlivens unique areas throughout Downtown Pittsburgh, specifically on nights and weekends.  Our efforts will employ object based, programming based and community based strategies to create a more sustainable neighborhood that leverages Downtown’s role as the center of the region’s economic activity to encourage Downtown’s place as the region’s heart of the creative community.

Over the past few years, the PDP has successfully implemented a number of programs to enhance the vibrancy of Downtown, from the transformation of Market Square and the expansion of our programming to the installation of public art in Strawberry Way and Market Street and most recently through our Project Pop Up installations.  To build upon these efforts, the PDP will initiate a range of programs and installations that enliven Downtown through the use of public art, creative placemaking and entrepreneurship to attract more people to live, work and play in Downtown.

Market Square Public Art Program

The first element of the Downtown Activation and Public Art plan is through temporary public art installations during the winter months in Market Square. The PDP will install public art, on a temporary basis, in the square from February through April in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Please visit to learn complete details

Congregation by KMA – Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler, was the first piece installed in February of 2014. Read about Congregation‘s run in Pittsburgh here.

A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle by Jennifer Wen Ma was installed in February of 2015. Read more about the artwork here.

Mix-N-Match by Allard van Hoorn was installed in March of 2016. Read more about the artwork here.

I Wish to Say by Sheryl Oring took place in Market Square in April of 2017. Read more about the piece here.

Stay tuned for new projects coming in 2018!

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