Art All Weekend in Pittsburgh

Hey Yinz,

It was a very cool weekend to be Pittsburgh. If you were willing to brave the freezing (C’mon wasn’t it just 80 degrees?) weather, you had plenty of events to check out. On Friday, there was the gallery crawl dahntahn presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. From 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday, the 15th annual Art All Night raged on in Lawrenceville. It’s a good thing Art All Night actually went all night because it was competing with the fire festival in Homestead dubbed Pyrotopia.

Here’s a slew of photos from my most eventful Saturday night.

Cool industrial space at 40th Street and Willow in Lawrenceville

I loved the contrast of the art against the steel beams, caution tape and florescent lights.

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I dig Bruce Lee art. He was such a philosopher.

Love this concept

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I'm just mad about this.

One of the things I love about Art All Night is that anyone could submit art, so you could have a drawing by a four-year-old kid next to a $900 painting. “No fees. No jury. No censorship.”

The painting on the left is one of the many stellar works by my four-year-old nephew. The painting next to it is my sister, Patty's, creation. A good sense of color runs in the family.

Image~~~~~~~~~ Pyrotopia ~~~~~~~~~

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This flame was set off with an electroencephalography (EEG) headband. It was fun to see the flame shoot up when the headband wearer (usually a kid) focused.

Pyrotopia is a new festival that featured musical acts, a torch set off by an electroencephalography (EEG) headband, a fiery game of Simon and other neat performances. The event took place at the Pump House, against the backdrop of the Rankin Bridge and the Carrie Furnace. There are some pictures I included because I thought they’d be cool for a fire version of the cloud game, where you see the objects in the abstract. Enjoy!

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The Pyrotopia version of the game of Simon

Glass artist from Forms in Glass Studios (Fig Studios) in Pittsburgh

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What do you see?

Evil potato smile?

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Yosemite Sam?

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An alien invasion (barge) passing by the Carrie Furnace

This was a fun, unique event that I would love to see again. My one greatest criticism was that the Tesla coil that was advertised was not running by 10 p.m., about when we left. There seemed to have been technical difficulties, which is rather unnerving. Does anyone know if they started the Tesla coil by the end of the night?

I hope you were able to check out some of these events this weekend and/or you’ll venture out next time.

See yinz later,

Estelle

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2 responses

  1. Hi, I’m one of Pyrotopia’s organizers. We’re so glad you enjoyed the event! Unfortunately, we couldn’t run the Tesla coil — it was fine when we tested it the day before, but it was just drawing too much power and knocking out the stage lights and sound system (and a bunch of other things) last night. Next year we’re putting on a dedicated power source. Some other things didn’t go as planned but overall we were pretty happy with the whole event. The crowd was terrific, very supportive, and the aritsts got a lot of great feedback. We’re already thinking about ways to make next year’s Pyrotopia bigger and better — feel free to send us suggestions at info@pyrotopia.net.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    • Thank you very much for commenting. I really enjoyed the event and look forward to watching Pyrotopia grow. Good luck!

      -Estelle

      April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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