Pittsburgh Art Places


Byham Theater, North Façade, between 106 Sixth and Seventh Streets and Fort Duquesne Boulevard

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Artwork Type


Haas Mural


Richard Haas


Commissioning Entity Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Richard Haas is well known for giving flat surfaces a three-dimensional appearance. This 36 x 56 foot mural was painted in a method known as trompe l’oeil, which translates from French to “fool the eye.”

The artist integrated real windows and doors of the theater into the mural, which presents a stage on which Pittsburgh’s steel legacy is depicted. The setting is a steel mill interior, where furnaces are pouring hot metal. The painted door on the lower right-hand side reads “Ohio,” in reference to the formation of the Ohio River by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monogahela Rivers. 

Richard Haas (b. 1936) has been a painter and printmaker for over 50 years. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Art and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the course of his career, Haas received commissions from the New York Public Library, the Board of Education in Brooklyn, NY, and Chase Field. He currently lives and work in New York City and has completed over 100 murals throughout his career. Paul Goldberger, a leading architectue critic, has said of Haas's work, "Richard Haas has employed his extensive knowledge and skill through a multitude of media over more than four decades to see our urban environment in fresh and unique ways."