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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pittsburgh lights wow G-20 summit to town

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Artists who design nighttime lighting splashed on buildings have created an incredible new display to welcome world leaders to the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh.

The slide show of sorts includes some famous images from the city’s history, including those relating to a polio cure and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to silkscreen portraits created by Andy Warhol. It also includes a shot of a not-so-famous quilt - the oldest of its kind in Pennsylvania - that is among the collection of the Westmoreland Museum of Art.

This light installation came together tonight on an otherwise huge, bland white wall at the entrance to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh where the two-day summit begins tomorrow.

“I haven’t slept for two days,” said Chris Oberdorf, the project manager for the Duquesne Light-sponsored Festival of Lights group that has been shining outstanding art on Pittsburgh landmark buildings for the past few years.

He should get some rest tonight because the small number of people who were not scared away from the city tonight by an intense police presence for the summit were blown away by this work of art.


MJ said...

Is George Washington flicking off the G-20 in that third photo?

Thanks for the slideshow. It's nice to have a slice of home while I'm out of town.

Scott Beveridge said...

With his index finger?

jlross said...

Thanks Scott for filming the light show - it's great.

MJ said...

At first glance, it didn't look like the index finger.

jlross said...

In addition to the quilt, there are three other images from The Westmoreland's collection in the ligth show. From Born of Fire: "View of Eliza Furnaces" painted in 1925 and "Men are Square" (1919) and from their Scalp Level School collection: "View Along the Allegheny near Aspinwall" (1867).
Judy Ross
Director of Marketing
Westmoreland Museum of American Art