Pittsburgh Art Places


Fourth Floor Terrace, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Boulevard. Can also be seen from the corner of Penn Avenue and Tenth Street

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LEDs, Literature, Text, LED, Kinetic

Artwork Type

Light, Integrated, Permanent, New Media, Sculpture

For Pittsburgh


Jenny Holzer


Commissioning Entity Sports and Exhibition Authority
Owner Sports and Exhibition Authority
ADA Services The artwork is on the roof of the convention center, which can be accessed by elevators.

Stretching across the convention center's swooping roofline are 688 feet of blue light-emitting diode (LED) tubes. Jenny Holzer created this kinetic display to present important books that tell compelling stories about Pittsburgh, including Thomas Bell’s Out of This Furnance; John Edgar Wideman’s Homewood Trilogy: Damballah, Hiding Place, and Sent for You Yesterday; and Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood. Over time, new books may be added to the collection.

The artwork’s monumental scale creates a significant contribution to the city’s skyline. The texts scroll 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For Pittsburgh is one of the artist’s largest LED projects in the United States.

You can learn more about the art collection at the convention center here: www.pgh-sea.com/PublicArtCC.htm.

Jenny Holzer (b. 1950) is an American conceptual artist. Holzer lives and works in Hoosick Falls, New York. Holzer is known for her large-scale public displays that include billboard advertisements, projections on buildings and other architectural structures, as well as illuminated electronic displays. The main focus of her work is the use of words and ideas in public space. Originally utilizing street posters, LED signs became her most visible medium, though her diverse practice incorporates a wide array of media.