ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY AGREES TO ACCEPT PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE ‘ARCH’ FOR DISPLAY AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 17, 2012) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority has approved placement of Glenn Kaino’s Arch for display at Pittsburgh International Airport. Currently Arch is undergoing restoration work and will likely be placed in the Landside Terminal of Pittsburgh International Airport this spring, in time to be a welcoming site for the major national convention for Americans for the Arts set for Pittsburgh June 14, 2013.
“Public art enhances the passenger experience while flying and helps to promote our region. The sculpture is loved by a wide range of audiences. It is a perfect ‘greeter’ at the airport for people coming to or departing the region. Arch can impact economic development by attracting visitors and transforming the airport environment,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
“The Art in the Airport program provides oversight to an art collection of style, diversity and beauty that can be enjoyed by the traveling public and employees. We are pleased to work with the Pittsburgh Arts Council and The Heinz Endowments in accepting this significant work of art,” stated David Minnotte, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
“The sculpture is immediately identifiable as a Pittsburgh icon. It is a ‘transformer’, a robot, created out of Pittsburgh’s bridges, referencing both Pittsburgh’s industrial and high-tech industries. Arch was originally located at the corner of Seventh Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. We have been working with The Heinz Endowments to seek a new indoor home for Arch and we are pleased that the Airport Authority is granting the sculpture a new home and placing the artwork in a location accessible to both visitors and residents,” said Renee Piechocki, Director, Office of Public Art, a partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.
Arch was commissioned to celebrate Pittsburgh’s 250th Anniversary as part of a larger initiative. The sculpture possesses both large scale visual impact and intimate detail, lending itself to different levels of interest depending on where the viewer is located.
Photo: Arch at its former downtown location: