carrie furnace | pittsburgh steel industry heritage & history

carrie furnace

located in the industrial town of rankin in pittsburgh, the carrie furnace is the only remaining pre-world war ii iron making technology in the u.s. / it was built in 1907 & produced iron for homestead works until 1978 \ we took a tour of the furnace today & it was simply amazing to be standing inside a relic of steel industry history / even my favorite young people could appreciate its historical significance

our guide tom worked summers at the steel mill in mckeesport / he brought the carrie furnace to life with his animated narration & personal stories about his fellow steel workers which included his father \ even better, he spoke with an authentic & distinct yinzer accent / though we were all locals in the tour, tom started off by calling attention to his pittsburgh accent \ after all, he would be saying “iron” many times <“arn” in pittsburghese> / tom recalled the time when he had some fellows from google of bakery square in his tour \ they asked him whom “larry cars” was named for & he did not know the answer / he suggested that  they google it 🙂 & the answer was that in britain, they are actually called “lorry cars” / but since this is pittsburgh, “lorry” became “larry” \ so tom sounds like this:  we take larry cars of arn ore aht and dahn to the furnace / really nice guy!

our friend local artist tim kaulen < > told us about today’s event which included a “mobile sculpture workshop” / since the ’90s tim has been involved in transforming aspects of steel industry history into public art \ in 2012, 20-feet sculptures of steelworkers made from scrap steel & i-beams from a previous renovation of the hot metal bridge, found permanent home at the south shore riverfront park

redevelopment plans are underway for the carrie furnace \ this means preserving the remaining industrial structure while at the same time utilizing the site for economic development / a worthwhile project | carrie furnace will always remind us that pittsburgh was built on steel

congregation | interactive light art show

market square light show“congregation” by british artists kit monkman & tom wexler | 2/21 – 3/16/14 market square pittsburgh pa

Pittsburgh Post Gazette:  A crane in the square’s northwest corner holds the boom lift, which holds a camera that projects a light video onto the plaza. A heat sensor camera detects people moving through the light. Another camera projects the plaza scene onto a 50-foot screen.

art & the city

i am a big fan of public art / i look for them in any city i visit or live in \ a neighborhood with public art that is alive & vibrant is a healthy & engaged neighborhood | a good place to live, work & play

the atlantic cities has kept tab of some of the most interesting and eye-catching public art around the globe:   a challenging way of playing rubik’s cube / as protest for dismantling public swimming pools, a sculpture of condoms filled with lights and blue water \ this one uses fire | unhappy residents use molotov bombs to protest the 2020 summer olympics / 1.8 miles of LED & 25,000 individually programmed lights for the bay bridge \ you’ll find your way home with these whimsical lighted clothespins / park trees are given a screaming attitude

< links to the others can be found in the giant rubik’s cube page >

reason #11 | brutal but beautiful winters

ithaca commons

ithaca, new york was recently named the best college town in america by the american institute of economic research / it ranked very high in academic environment and quality of life but middle-of-the road in professional opportunity <no surprise that students who make up half its population would build their careers elsewhere after attending cornell or ithaca college and enjoying ithaca’s many cultural and natural offerings> \  i visited last summer for a dragon boat race with my team <pittsburgh paddlefish> yes! ithaca hosts the annual finger lakes dragon boat festival / the pedestrian walk on ithaca commons was under construction but was attractively enclosed by eye-catching, sometimes provocative mural fences

12 reasons why

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