Artist James Simon spent fifteen years of his career making violins. Fittingly, one of the fifteen foot tall figures, which pay homage to Pittsburgh’s musical history, plays that instrument. The three figures were sculpted from clay in Simon’s Pittsburgh studio and then cast in concrete before being installed in their courtyard home.
Architectural note: This project is located in the midst of the Penn/Liberty Historic District, which extends from Seventh to Tenth Streets between Penn and Liberty Avenues. The oldest buildings in the district were constructed in a variety of architectural styles, including Italianate, Queen Ann, Richardson Romanesque, and Classical Revival.
"My career started as a hitchhiker," says James. "I was definitely a professional hitchhiker for like the first ten years of my life after high school."