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Allegheny Riverfront along Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Sixth and Ninth Streets

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Artwork Type

Landscape Architecture, Permanent, Sculpture

Allegheny Riverfront Park


Ann Hamilton


Commissioning Entity Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Owner City of Pittsburgh
ADA Services Ramps are available on both sides of the Warhol Bridge. The railings by Hamilton line the ramps.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, seeking a better transition from city to river, initiated an effort to redesign this section of the Allegheny riverfront. The collaboration between landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and artist Ann Hamilton resulted in a thoughtfully planned and useful park.

To allow easy access to the river’s edge, two sets of ramps were built off the Andy Warhol Bridge. A cast-bronze handrail that references the river’s movement, designed by Hamilton, is located on the outer edge of the ramps. Along the river walkway, Hamilton imprinted bulrush reeds in the concrete paving, adding fossil-like striations to the hard surface. A variety of trees were used for the park and planted close to each other, a technique Van Valkenburgh calls "hyper-nature."

Ann Hamilton (b. 1956) was born in Lima, Ohio. Hamilton has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in textile design from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from Yale. She currently teaches at Ohio State University. Her large scale multi-media work has been featured in museums and institutions across the globe. 

Hamilton won the MacArthur Fellowship, the Heinz Award, and was a representative at the 1999 Venice Biennale. 

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, landscape architects