Eco Art PGH: Visions of a Sustainable Pittsburgh

Published On November 4, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | The Arts
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Local woodographer and Event & Exhibition Coordinator at Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Ziggy Sawdust (AKA Brady Kellner) in conjunction with the Office of State Senator Jim Ferlo, is putting on Eco Art PGH: Visions of a Sustainable Pittsburgh. This art showcase will take place on Thursday, November 13th and feature works done by local university students depicting a sustainable future in the Steel City.

The students’ art will portray some basic themes of sustainability, such as environmental health and well-being, social justice, equality, and a sustainable economy. We spoke with Sawdust, who explained that this definition came from the idea of sustainability affecting different areas in our communities. He emphasized the impact of sustainable infrastructures on the social well-being of any one neighborhood.

“Degas once said that art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” Senator Ferlo said of the exhibit. “Our ECO ART PGH event is our effort to make folks see the beauty of the good earth and our collective responsibility to keep it healthy and sustain it for future generations.”

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Artists, Rebekah Coffey and Layne Gonzalez, collaborate to create a geodesic dome with the assistance of California Univeristy’s professor Todd Pinkham

The event brings environmental awareness to the forefront using the minds and creativity of over 20 current university students. Maggy Aston, a current professor at the California University of Pennsylvania, will showcase three 15-30 ft tall murals made of scrolls of paper created by her students depicting their work and ideas of an environmentally conscious city. Contributions include sustainable models from the architecture department at Carnegie Mellon University as well as the Pittsburgh Green Innovators and the Larimer Green Team.

This exhibition is a part of Project 15206. This initiative from Senator Ferlo’s office works to install green infrastructure in the East End. They’re planning on implementing both small and large scale projects like trees, rain containers, bioswales and more. All proceeds will benefit Pittsburgh Green Innovators, a local non-profit working for a more sustainable city through educational programs, and the Larimer Green Team, a collaborative effort of Larimer residents working for an environmentally friendly neighborhood. Instead of taking commission from these young artists, they’re raising money through ticket sales.

California University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh’s Art Institute, and Appalachian State will be represented by students at the art show taking place at the Pittsburgh Opera from 7pm to 10pm. The evening also includes live music from DJ duo Tracksploitation, alternative rock band Devin Moses & the Saved, and singer Gene Stovall along with complimentary beer, wine and food. Get your tickets here.

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