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Federal Street Rail Road UNDERPASS Gallery Unveils New Installation

Dick Esterle Piece Brightens Passage

PITTSBURGH (May 15, 2012)— A colorful new piece of artwork has been unveiled at the UNDERPASS Gallery on Pittsburgh’s Northside. This is the second piece to enhance the UNDERPASS Gallery, located at the Federal Street rail road bridge.   

3Three*** by artist Dick Esterle is a series of vibrant, swirling shapes that “bring movement and color into an otherwise gray environment,” he said.

Esterle considered the varied ways in which people move through the space, whether close up or at a distance, on foot or by car or bicycle. Walking or driving by at different distances will alter the viewer’s experience of the piece.

The digital print on vinyl was printed by Alpha Screen Graphics.

The UNDERPASS Gallery opened in the spring of 2011. It transformed a dingy underpass into a gateway to the North Side from downtown. The gallery concept allows for temporary installations that rotate annually and celebrate the identity and spirit of the Northside as a center for arts and culture.  Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, with the support of a stakeholder group made up of individuals from Northside cultural organizations, curates the site.

The first installation, Blue Skies by artist Kim Beck, used a large scale photograph to light up the underpass with a slice of a blue sky from a sunny day on the Northside.

This project is made possible with generous support from the Heinz Endowments with additional support from the Grable Foundation, NRG Energy Company, Norfolk Southern Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to NRG Energy Center Pittsburgh LLC.