Every year, thousands of people flock to the Carrie Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark site chock full o’ Pittsburgh history. One such landmark is the 40′ urban sculpture, The Carrie Deer, a result of the efforts of a small group of artists who created the statue back in 1997 as “an artistic homage to natures’ remarkable powers of reclamation”. Now, 16 years later, the site, which has survived years of “scrap collectors, vandals, graffiti artists, inclement weather, and threats of demolition” is undergoing a revitalization thanks to the help of the Rivers of Steel. Projects include a documentary screening, VIP reception and Kickstarter campaign. All proceeds will go into restoring and maintaining the landmark.
Rivers of Steel’s Director of Museum and Archives, Ron Baraff, states,
While we were producing the documentary, The Carrie Deer, we realized that we had a really strong story that captured a magical moment in time – the transitional period between the industrial life of the Carrie Furnaces (and the region) and the emerging post industrial life that we now experiencing in this region. As we moved deeper into the story we unveiled a narrative of how the inspirational muse of abandoned industrial spaces inspired the artists to come together to create an impressive and unique sculpture, and how their actions and the Deer’s presence affects the present and future use of the Carrie Furnaces site. Aided by a Spout Fund grant, we were able to complete the film and held a friends and family premiere at Pittsburgh Filmmakers in the Fall of 2013. It was at that juncture that we began discussions for the future of the film and potential partnerships with Filmmakers and others. Fortunately for us, our partners have taken a great interest in not only the film, but in the preservation of the Carrie Deer and the long term success of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark site.
On Saturday, August 16, in conjunction with Pittsburgh Filmmakers, an open-air screening of the documentary, The Carrie Deer will take place in conjunction with a VIP reception beforehand from 6-8PM to raise money to restore the site so that it can carry on into Pittsburgh’s future. VIP perks include an exclusive tour of the Carrie Furnaces, meet and greet with the filmmakers, food and drink from Kevin Sousa’s new restaurant Superior Motors, as well as Dorothy 6, live music and a silent auction. The event coincides with a Kickstarter campaign surrounding the project and will feature a live kickoff hosted by Rick Sebak and actor David Conrad.
Baraff is very excited for the Kickstarter, stating,
We are confident that this event and the subsequent Kickstarter campaign will help to further the process of discovery and art-centric redevelopment at what was formerly a place of work that has became something else entirely in its post industrial life. To-date, we have hosted a number of different projects and programs that explore the aesthetics of the region including Alloy Pittsburgh, the Jazz Furnace, Urban Art Tours, Photo Safaris, and numerous filmmakers, photographers, music videos, documentary filmmakers, etc. We are really just scratching the surface of what we can do at and with the site.
Tickets range from $10-$200 depending on your access level (VIP screening/movie only) and can be purchased here. Movie attendees can enjoy food vendors and are advised to bring a chair. You can also enter to win tickets below. We hope you can make it out to this fantastic event to support a vital Pittsburgh landmark!
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