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Contact: Teresa S. Thomas

For immediate release:
July 17, 2002

ArtGarden Celebration Hosted by Carnegie Mellon
Persephone Project Set for July 21 at Frank Curto Park

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Persephone Project and the ArtGardens of Pittsburgh will celebrate the completion of two outdoor public art installations at Frank Curto Park on Bigelow Boulevard overlooking the Strip District on Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m.

The outdoor arts venue features the Magic Penny Garden by artist Lily Yeh and Three Arches by Daniel Ladd. Yeh will be present to discuss her work and present it to the public.

The Persephone Project was created in 1989 by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon. The project promotes gardening as a contemporary art medium and recognizes gardeners as artists.

The Magic Penny Garden, an idea conceived by Persephone Project director Stephanie Flom, features hundreds of plants that the general public has donated for the exhibit.

Flom commissioned the first Magic Penny Garden to Yeh, director and founder of the Village of Arts and Humanities in Philadelphia. Polish Hill and the Hill District will also have Magic Penny Gardens made by Jorge Myers and Paul Bowden, artists who live in those Pittsburgh communities.

The garden will be an ongoing part of the Persephone Project and will continue to appear in different areas of Pittsburgh.

Besides the ArtGardens in Curto Park and the neighborhood Magic Penny Garden exhibits, the Persephone Project also employs research and education in the area of contemporary gardens.

ArtGardens was made possible through the cooperation of the City of Pittsburgh, along with generous contributions from Heinz Endowments, The Sprout Fund, Mellon Financial Corporation Foundation and an anonymous donor.

For more information about the Persephone Project, please contact Renae Geraci, 412-268-1027.


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