The figures in this plaza refer to the relationship between Pittsburgh’s business and arts communities. This plaza was one of the early projects created during the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Cultural District, which is home to the nearby Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, completed in 1987.
Penelope Jencks (b. 1936) is a sculptor. She creates life-size figures out of bronze, plaster, and stone. Some of her more well-known pieces includes statues of Eleanor Roosevelt and Robret Frost. Jencks is the recipient of the Agop Agopoff Prize for Sculpture as well as the Meisner Prize for Sculpture from the National Academy of Design.