Release Date: Tuesday, February 16th 2016
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ALLARD VAN HOORN COMMISSIONED TO CREATE A NEW INSTALLATION FOR THE MARKET SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
2016 INSTALLATION TO OPEN FRIDAY, MARCH 18
Downtown Pittsburgh, PA – Artist Allard van Hoorn, from the Netherlands, has been commissioned to create the third art installation for Market Square Public Art. The installation will be introduced at a press event on Wednesday, March 16 and will open to the public on Friday, March 18, 2016. The artwork will be free and open to the public, on display until April 30th. Known for large scale installations that incorporate sound and performance, van Hoorn collaborated with seven organizations to develop the content for this commission for Market Square Public Art, a joint program of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Office of Public Art, and the City of Pittsburgh.
“Working with such a diverse group of local communities that are directly or indirectly connected to Market Square creates an amazing opportunity to show the cultural diversity, creativity, and vibrancy unfolding when 'Mix-N-Matching' music, dance and the spoken word in Pittsburgh's most happening Downtown location,” said van Hoorn about his collaboration with local organizations.
Allard van Hoorn was born in 1968 in Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a Dutch performance, sound, and installation artist working across architecture, music, dance, and design. Van Hoorn’s artwork creates physical, visual, and acoustic maps and scenarios for public space, where the public can interact with sound, light, and the built environment.
Van Hoorn’s work has been shown at institutions and events like the biennales and triennials of Tbilisi, Havana, Istanbul, Gwangju, among many others. In 2015, he was awarded the Talent Development Grant from the prestigious Mondriaan Fund. He has spent time as both a guest and studio artist at a variety of universities around the world, including Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, NL, Architectural Association Interprofessionals Studio in London, UK, and at Royal College of Art, London, UK. Additionally van Hoorn is founder of the Platform for Urban Investigation, a nomadic, cross-disciplinary research facility investigating local urban environments around the world in collaboration with architects, designers, choreographers, musicians, and visual artists.
About the Market Square Public Art Program
Market Square Public Art is a program of the City of Pittsburgh/Public Art Division, and is managed by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Office of Public Art. This program presents temporary works of public art in Market Square in the winter months. The program showcases the very best in contemporary public art and establishes Market Square as a local, regional and national arts destination. The program launched in February of 2014 with Congregation, a dynamic, large-scale, interactive video and sound installation by the UK’s pioneering new media artists KMA. The winter 2015 installation was A Winter Landscape Cradling Bits of Sparkle by artist Jennifer Wen Ma, which brought a contemplative, transforming forest to the center of Market Square.
Funding for the Market Square Public Art has been generously provided by The Heinz Endowments; the Artworks program of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; an anonymous source, Richard King Mellon Foundation, City of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Local production support for the installation is being provided by Flyspace Productions and the Office of Public Art.
Please visit MarketSquarePublicArt.com for more information about the program and the art installations.
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The 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, marketing, economic development and advocacy. For more information, visit www.DowntownPittsburgh.com, follow us on Twitter @downtownpitt and “like” us on Facebook.
About the Office of Public Art
The Office of Public Art is a public-private partnership between the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. Founded in 2005, they provide technical assistance and educational programs about public art in the Pittsburgh region. For more information, visit www.publicartpittsburgh.org
About the City of Pittsburgh Public Art Division
The Public Art Division of the City of Pittsburgh is housed within the Department of City Planning. Its major roles are to staff and facilitate the City’s Art Commission and to conserve and plan for the City’s collection of art and cultural objects. For more information or contact, visit: www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/public-art/.