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David Pohl, Banner, Market Square, Faces, Graphic Design

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Other 2D Work, Street Art

Meet Me in Market Square, 2016

David Pohl


Commissioning Entity Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Owner Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Originally referred to as Diamond Square, Market Square is a central gathering place in Downtown Pittsburgh. The plaza we know today was created in the mid-to-late 1700s, first as a public commons, and then as the location for the first Allegheny County courthouse and jail. In 2009, the Square underwent a major renovation to make the plaza a pedestrian only space, complete with shops, eateries, and outdoor seating. 

As part of their mission to activate Market Square, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) commissioned artist David Pohl to create a series of banners for the Square's lampposts. Titled, Meet Me in the Square, Pohl designed colorful 2' x 4' banners of faces. Pohl described the images on the banners as an illustration of “… the synergy of people gathering and meeting one another; of coming together. Each individual face on a banner aligns with a face on every other banner, symbolizing endless possibilities for connection and exchange...while the simplicity of the geometric forms echo the surrounding architecture...the "diamond" eyes [in each face] act as a central theme in these banners representing the Square as a place to see and be seen." 

By Rachel Klipa, Office of Public Art


David Pohl, e-mail message to author, June 6, 2016. 

The work of award winning, freelance illustrator David Pohl has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times, among many others. Pohl is the founder of House of Pingting, an illustration studio that works with magazine and book publishers, as well as other clients.