Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP): Trail Town Public Art Project

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From the Sprout Fund, link here.

Celebrating the Great Allegheny Passage (Pop City)

Pop City Media reported on the many developments, both aesthetic and economic, happening along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). The Trail Town Public Art Project, a Regional grant recipient, is featured.
Now, on top of the breath-taking scenery, GAP’s got a party coming – two of them, actually. First, there’s the Trail Town Public Art Program, an economic development initiative of The Progress Fund, in conjunction with Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections and The Sprout Fund.
The purpose of the art, offers Regional Director Cathy McCollom, is to “celebrate the Great Allegheny Passage and the heritage of the communities that border it. Created by local artists, these pieces of original art will be placed in locations near the trail so that they can be enjoyed by community residents as well as trail users.”

In West Newton, for example, metal sculptor Bill Secunda will commemorate the town’s pioneering roots. In Connellsville, sculptor Steven Fiscus will create a metal and glass archway over the trail. In Ohiopyle, Laura DeFazio will carve petroglyphs on boulders. In Confluence, Rick Rhodes will carve wood benches, and Martha Murphey will create an interpretive sign. In Rockwood, Diane Adams will paint a mural that pays homage to the town’s railroading heritage and celebrates biking as part of the present. Finally, in Meyersdale, artist Carolyn Quinn will paint a mural celebrating the town’s founders and agricultural history.

Second, the art is to be installed in time for Celebration Saturday, September 27. In Trail Towns West Newton, Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, Rockwood, and Meyersdale, there will be all sorts of celebrations. (See local announcements for details.)

Read the full article here.

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