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Spring 2013 Public Art Events

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presented a weekend highlighting unique public art in Downtown Pittsburgh. Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2013, Market Square welcomed the big top thrills of Zany Umbrella Circus, while a parking lot located at 921-923 Liberty Avenue was activated Friday and Saturday evenings with a film screening and ceremony presented by the Sisters of the Lattice. The Office of Public Art also be presented a walking tour of public art and a happy hour event. Continuing the theme of bringing art to unique spaces Downtown, Continuum Dance Theater popped up at the Fairmont Pittsburgh on Thursday, March 28, 2013 see below for details.

Zany Umbrella Circus  

In March 2013, the Zany Umbrella Circus turns ten years old. The circus spent multiple summers performing, devising material and teaching in Amman Jordan, Awassa Ethiopia and Kabul Afghanistan. Their presentation in Market Square marked a retrospective focusing on the many acts of this Pittsburgh-based performing arts group’s career.  In addition to multiple performances, they presented a photo and video gallery museum on their school bus. This was an interactive experience featuring artists sharing their global experiences. There was also a teaching series offered, including classes in juggling, plate spinning and mini stilting.

Cake from Zany Umbrella Circus on Vimeo.

Cake is a visual storybook acted onstage.  Bold colors and 1950’s era stylings mark this zany new show.  A young child anticipates an exciting birthday surprise, but things do not go as planned. Hijinks ensue as they family attempts to recover, discovering that magic can be found in mishap.  This delightful and highly physical new show integrates aerial, trapeze, clowning, mask work and other circus feats.

Zany Umbrella Circus - Cake Performance Schedule in Market Square 

Friday, March 22, 2013: noon, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013: noon, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2013: 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Zany Umbrella Circus - Bus Museum Hours in Market Square 

Friday, March 22, 2013: 8:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013: 8:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, 2013: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Zany Umbrella Circus  - FREE Workshops in Market Square

Friday, March 22, 2013: 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013: 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m

Sunday, March 24 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

For more information and to sign-up for the workshops, please visit Office of Public Art's website.  Registration is limited!

Sisters of the Lattice present: Hotspot

HOTSPOT is a group meditation designed to create a wireless network from the energy of its participants. Members of the public were invited to participate in this unique outdoor group meditation centered around an 80-min film. In addition, 10 selected individuals from all over the city sat for this ceremony in one of the Sisters' personal steam saunas from 8:30-10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

Sisters of the Lattice film promo on Vimeo.

The Sisters of the Lattice are willfully conjoined techno-mystics who work to deepen the connection between individuals and the technological devices they use everyday. They perform a range of ceremonies with participants using computers, cameras, cellular phones, and online platforms that both indulge and question the mediated experience in our lives.

The Sisters of the Lattice present: Hotspot at 921-923 Liberty Avenue

Friday, March 22, 2013 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:30 p.m.



Office of Public Art Events

In addition to these exciting installations, the Office of Public Art is offered two additional opportunities to connect with art and artists in Downtown Pittsburgh.

On Friday, March 22, 2013 the Office of Public Art held a walking tour of public artworks on the North Side, including Keny Marshall's reCARstruction and the house publications of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. the Office of Public Art held a happy hour at Tavern 245 to celebrate the re-launch of the Pittsburgh Artist Registry. Meet up with artists and colleagues and enjoy a variety of drink specials courtesy of Tavern 245.

This weekend of events was presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership with assistance from the Office of Public Art and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.  The Sisters of the Lattice received additional support from the Sprout Fund. 

Continuum Dance Theater

On Thursday, March 28, 2013, Continuum Dance Theater, a Pittsburgh-based professional dance company, continued to bring public art to the city by presenting one of their 7at7 Pop Up open rehearsals at Fairmont Pittsburgh at 7:00 p.m.  This event was one in a series of 7 events, designed to be fun, free, casual happening. For additional information on Continuum Dance Theater, please visit Continuum Theater's Facebook page for more information.

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