Get Sneak Peek of Cloud Making Sculpture
Located in City’s Newest Park Friday Morning
Friday, May 18, 11:00 – 11:30 am
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way – North Side
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Be the first to see the inaugural testing of the new Cloud Arbor in Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square (in front of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh). Funded by The Charity Randall Foundation, a local family foundation dedicated to the arts, education and the environment, Cloud Arbor is a stunning public art piece by celebrated artist and MacArthur "genius" grant awardee Ned Kahn and the signature element of the new Buhl Community Park. Envisioned to create a public art destination on the Northside, the interactive Cloud Arbor sculpture will use mist to create an ever-evolving cloud-like sphere.
“The Charity Randall Foundation is proud to be a part of this valuable project which will enrich our region,” said Robin Randall, spokesperson for The Charity Randall Foundation.
Cloud Arbor is made up of 64 steel poles reaching 32 feet into the sky, embedded with nozzles that spray a fine mist of water, creating the effect of a spherical cloud suspended in the air. It will be activated year-round with heat trace running through the poles to warm the water through the winter and create a year-round interactive experience. It is planned that the piece will be activated frequently throughout the day, creating an exciting event for visitors to watch and engage with regularly.
Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square, a revitalized community resource for Pittsburgh's Northside, sits at the former crossroads of Federal Street and Ohio Street in front of the Children’s Museum. In 2012, the Children’s Museum led a $6.1 million collaborative effort to transform the neglected city park into a vibrant green space for the neighborhood. Designed by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture of San Francisco, Calif., the new Buhl Community Park will feature a central plaza with moveable tables and chairs, a large meadow with native grasses, rain gardens for storm water mitigation, natural bluestone walls for seating and indigenous plant materials throughout, as well as benches, bike racks, and drinking fountains for both visitors and their pets. Buhl Community Park will open to the public on Saturday, June 23.
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