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Walled garden at Mellon Park

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Memorial, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Fiber optic, Landscape architecture, City of Pittsburgh

Artwork Type

Integrated, Landscape Architecture, Light, Memorial, Permanent

7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N, 2010

Janet Zweig


Commissioning Entity Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
ADA Services Located inside the walled garden at Mellon Park, the work can be accessed through the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Joe and Elizabeth Seamans worked with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the Office of Public Art to commission a memorial for their daughter, Ann Katharine Seamans, in the Walled Garden at Mellon Park. Artist Janet Zweig found that Ann Katharine would go to the park with her friends and look at the stars. The resulting project is the star map over Pittsburgh at the moment of Ann Katharine's birth in 1979. 

Each of the 150 fiber optic lights representing stars and planets are labeled with granite disks. The disks have the name of the sky object and a fact or interesting note. The light omitted from each is scaled to the light the objects would omit in the sky, giving an added dimension to the space. 

Janet Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm. Her most recently installed public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City downtown green roof, a series of kinetic works in Milwaukee, a generative sentence on a wall in downtown Columbus, and a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando. Other public works include a 1200' frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York, and a system-wide interactive project for eleven Light Rail train stations in Minneapolis, incorporating the work of over a hundred Minnesotans. Her sculpture and books have been exhibited widely in such places as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Exit Art, PS1 Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Cooper Union. Awards include the Rome Prize Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and residencies at PS1 Museum and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Brown University.

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