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Release Date: Tuesday, June 21st 2016



Downtown Pittsburgh – Visitors to Downtown Pittsburgh’s Market Square will notice new, colorful, graphic banners hanging throughout the perimeter and entrances to the Square. Working in collaboration with the Office of Public Art, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership recently commissioned Pittsburgh-based illustrator David Pohl to design the new Market Square banners. Additionally, each afternoon from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., visitors to the Square can take a break and play super-sized games.

“The beautiful, bold designs of David’s banners are a perfect welcome to Market Square, the vibrant heart of our region,” said Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “These banners denote the vitality of Market Square, and the opportunities for unique interactions with your neighbors daily in the Square.”

David’s concept represents the diversity and richness of, in, and around Market Square in a playful design inspired by the work of Paul Rand and the original Colorforms toys of the 1950s. The banners introduce a minimalist design element that identifies Market Square.

Market Square, or "The Diamond" has a long and rich history as a gathering place for social interaction. It's Pittsburgh's original town square, dating back to a plan of lots and streets laid out in 1784. The "diamond" eye acts as a central theme in these banners representing the square as a place to see and be seen. According to Pohl,” the simplicity of geometric form echoes the surrounding historic architecture. With the pairing of two banners on a pole, I wanted to illustrate the synergy of people gathering, meeting one another; of coming together. Each individual face on a banner aligns with a face on every other banner, symbolizing endless possibilities for connection and exchange.”

The new banners are the second design of banners to be installed in Market Square since the renovation was complete in 2011. Additionally, the banners continue the PDP’s commitment to unique public art in the Square, as evidenced by Diamond, Diamonds by local artist Carin Mincemoyer, which adorn light poles on Market Street, along the entrance to the Square. As well as the Market Square Public Art Program, which has installed large-scale, temporary public art exhibits in Market Square during the last three winters.

Additionally, in order to encourage more visitors to Market Square during summer afternoons, the PDP is inviting people of all ages to play giant versions of Jenga, Connect Four, Chess, Ping Pong, Cornhole and more! Every weekday afternoon from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. all visitors are welcome to take a break and rediscover their inner child. This programming is in compliment to nearly daily activities that occur during lunch hours in the Square. The daily programming including PDP’s popular Farmers Market on Thursdays, Kidsplay on Tuesdays and a variety of bands, dj’s and other activities throughout the rest of the week. The PDP hopes this new, play-full activation will extend the lunchtime vibrancy into the afternoon and early evening.

About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, nonprofit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe services, transportation, and economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter at and “like” us on Facebook.

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