Curtain Call + Pittsburgh Percent For Art

"Public Money for Public Art!"


What is the Curtain Call?


"Garden Passage is the proposed pedestrian connection linking the southwest and northwest plazas of CONSOL Energy Center. The total cost for the project is estimated at $1.5 million. Per the recommendations of the New Arena Public Art Master Plan, the design team selection process was completed in two-stages, with a Design Team Selection Committee first recommending three finalists and later a team to be awarded the commission.


A request for qualifications (RFQ) was distributed to artists and design firms around the world and was also advertised in local newspapers and regional artist emailing lists. After reviewing proposals and interviewing each of the teams, the selection committee recommended the selection of Hood Design (Oakland, CA). Walter Hood, principal of Hood Design, is both an artist and a landscape architect. The project, entitled Curtain Call, involves a series of rain gardens surrounded by vertical frames that will display thousands of images collected through a process of engaging the local community. Construction will begin once funding is secured."


Artist / Landscape Architect:Walter Hood, Hood Design Studio

Total Cost:$1.5 million

Source: Consol Energy Center Public Art Plan

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What is the issue?


The Curtain Call project planning is complete. Construction will begin once funding is secured. At this time, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority state they do not have the money to fund the project.

On behalf of the community, the Hill District Consensus Group is working with the Pittsburgh Percent for Art Campaign to help make this project happen.


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What is the Pittsburgh Percent for Art Campaign?
For All Eyes on Art,the Pittsburgh Percent 4 Art Team,an artist-led, volunteer group of students, artists, and activists called on city lawmakers to enforce Pittsburgh’s Percent for Art Law,which requires 1% of publicly-funded construction and renovation projects to be set aside for the creation of public art. It hasn’t been enforced since its inception in 1977.  This letter to the editor at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette lays out the issue and its context in detail.

What is the City of Pittsburgh Public Art Ordinance?

"175.08 (a) At least one (1) percent of the maximum authorized amount for municipal construction or renovation of public buildings costing fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) or more shall, except as hereinafter provided, be reserved for the inclusion of works of art, as hereinafter defined, as approved by the City Art Commission."
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*"Curtain Call" is a completed organizing campaign that required a long planning process to become a reality.

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