Sunday, May 16, 2010

In Memory of Pittsburgh Artist John Metzler

John Metzler was full of creative energy and it was easy to spot for the many people who had the chance to interact with him. In addition to the hours he spent on his own beautiful artworks and sculptures from reclaimed wood he was well known for working with other artists at the Urban Tree Forge as well as volunteering at Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest and the work he did for the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors. He will be sorely missed but will be easy to remember.

Scroll down to see images of John and just some of the amazing work he brought forth. Images are from Joey Kennedy, Randie Snow and the Urban Tree Forge blog.

moxie dada event:

menorah sculpture from reclaimed wood in Squirrel Hill:

John and Urban Tree Forge members created tables
which were used for G20 meetings at Phipps!

Rest in Peace John.

Rick Byerly


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday (May 17) at W.F. Conroy Funeral Home in Sheraden. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday (May 18) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 46 School St., Green Tree.

The family is planning a memorial and tree planting in Mr. Metzler's honor on Saturday at Allegheny Commons on the North Side. The time has not been set, but will be posted on

Funeral Service Address Info:
46 School Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15220-2717
(412) 921-0606
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tree-dedication memorial :: sunday, may 23, 2010 – 12p.m.
Allegheny Commons Park, West Park, North Side, Pittsburgh
Corner of Brighton Road & West North Avenue (near the lake)

Slideshow of the dedication from Joey Kennedy here.

Petition to make Washington Boulevard more safe here.


The Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors will honor its late member, John Metzler, and celebrate its 75th anniversary at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, with an exhibit at 937 Liberty Ave., second floor (accessible by stairs and elevator).


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