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Allegheny Landing, between the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges

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painted aluminum, City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Landing, Carnegie Museum of Art

Artwork Type

Permanent, Sculpture

Pittsburgh Variations


George Sugarman


Owner Carnegie Museum of Art
ADA Services The sculpture is on a sidewalk in Allegheny Landing. Allegheny Landing can be accessed by ramp on Isabella Street.

Pittsburgh Variations is a four-part arrangement of abstract, painted-aluminum shapes referencing the growth of Pittsburgh. The pieces represent a paddlewheel to symbolize the rivers, a crucible for industry, the Golden Triangle for business and finance, and Penn's Woods for forest and natural resources.

The artist's public sculptures were designed to transcend what he called the "indoor eye," where artwork is seen in isolation from its physical and social environment. This sculpture invites interactivity -- visitors can walk through the works and sit on the integrated benches to enjoy the view.

George Sugarman (1912 - 1999) was born in the Bronx. He spent his career in New York City creating colorful metal sculptures.