Late summer is perfect weather for a stroll around town, and art lovers visiting Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood can take full advantage. A Walking Art Tour map makes it easier for visitors and residents to explore the area's public art — including pieces on Carnegie Mellon University's campus.
The tour takes a little over an hour and leads interested parties past everything from a life-sized fiberglass dinosaur outside the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, to the Kraus Campo gardens atop Carnegie Mellon's Posner Center, to sculptures of the panthers that once roamed the region.
A few campus highlights:
George Koren's industrial reliefs on the Tepper School's exterior remind onlookers of Pittsburgh's earlier history.
"Snowmen" by Gary Hume is nestled in a cozy spot on the Mall near the entrance to Doherty Hall.
The College of Fine Arts building is adorned with five niches whose design was initiated by architects Palmer & Hornbostel in 1916 and later completed by stone carver Nicholas Fairplay and architect Lindsey Rosenblatt Associates in 1993.
Jonathan Borofsky's (A '64) "Walking to the Sky" along Forbes Avenue is described as speaking to human potential.
The map provides information on 35 works of public art in the Oakland neighborhood. You can download a free copy [.pdf] or have one mailed to you for $5 by calling 412.394.3353.
The map is also available at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council offices, 707 Penn Avenue, 2nd floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.