Bridging the Gap: Public Art Project
UPDATE: January 2017
Installation by the artist, Janet Zweig, will occur on January 26 & 27, weather-permitting. Click here for a press release on the project.
UPDATE: December 2016
All approvals have been secured from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the City of Greensburg to move forward with installation of our public art project on the North Main Street Bridge. The first author has been selected and fabrication of the alphabet of aluminum letters is now underway. Installation by the artist, Janet Zweig, is expected to take place in January 2017, weather-permitting. The exact date will be announced on our website so that those interested can watch the process of transforming the bridge.
About the Project
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the City of Greensburg have partnered on Bridging the Gap, a public art project to revitalize the North Main Street bridge that connects The Westmoreland to downtown Greensburg. Working with Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art, an Artist Selection Panel, which was comprised of local residents, Museum staff, representatives of the City and PennDOT, considered dozens of artists for the commission. In the end, Janet Zweig was selected to design and create the public art project. Zweig has been working in the public art realm for over 23 years. She has designed public art installations for the City of Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City and New York. Locally, she has successfully collaborated with LaQuatra Bonci Associates Landscape Architecture to build a memorial in the lawn of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park.
Ms. Zweig’s installation utilizes both the east and west sides of the North Main Street bridge. When complete, a three-dimensional text will extend the length of both sides of the bridge, producing an experience of serialized poetry that will slowly unfold over time. The Museum will commission writers from the western Pennsylvania area to produce poems or prose of a specific length for display on the bridge. As residents and visitors drive or walk across the bridge, they can read an installment of the text, making it an especially appealing site for repeat visits and inspiring curiosity of what will come next. The full text with author credits will be available on this webpage at the end of each year.
A reception to celebrate the Bridging the Gap project is being planned for June 3, 2017 with more details to come soon. The guidelines for the selection process of future writers will be announced in June. Funding for the project was provided National Endowment for the Arts, Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program, Community Foundation of Westmoreland County/Revitalizing Westmoreland, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Carol R. Brown, The Tomahawk Hill Foundation and supporters of an Indiegogo campaign hosted by the Museum. Throughout the project, technical support has been provided by the Office of Public Art, Pittsburgh.
Help us Bridge the Gap!
Thanks to the NEA’s Our Town Grant program, The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County’s Revitalizing Westmoreland, and support from the Westmoreland Tourism Grant Program, the design process has been completed.
Currently, we need to bridge the gap in our funding to complete the fabrication and installation of Zweig’s design. We hope that you will consider helping us complete the project. Help us Bridge the Gap by donating to the project here.
If we exceed our $10,000 goal, any additional funds will be used for remaining installation costs and the care and maintenance of the art work.
About Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Greensburg is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. In the span of a few years, there has been a renovation of the historic Palace Theatre, the construction of the new Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, Seton Hill Visual Arts Center, and the transformation of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, which recently underwent a major renovation and expansion. As part of the Museum’s expansion, a new green space was added for the community, providing opportunities for the public to gather. Bridging the Gap will serve as an inviting gateway from the Museum into downtown (and vice versa) and will help to invigorate street life, making Greensburg a more inviting and vibrant place for residents and visitors alike.