“Colorize the Urban Landscape” is an interactive exhibit that explores the positive impact of adding vibrant color to blighted neighborhoods. On a larger scale, this grassroots effort will not only improve the aesthetic of our city, but also encourage community spirit and involvement by creating a sense of joy, delight and wonder.
Our goal is to further develop the diverse texture of different areas within the city and involve community participation at every possible opportunity. We want to challenge visual mediocrity, but also respect and reflect the history, culture and character of each neighborhood site. Color options will be inspired by the cultural diversity of the neighborhood site and express universal themes appealing to all ages and ethnicities.
To demonstrate our idea, the gallery space will be converted into an indoor city environment based on surrounding neighborhoods. Participants will work collaboratively — helping to set in motion — the ultimate creation of a more visually rich community.
We hope to inspire property/business owners, local community/business organizations, and residents to embrace public art as a community resource that can enhance everyday experiences to beautiful and sensory encounters.
Follow our progress at www.colorizepittsburgh.tumblr.
Leah Bevilacqua is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paintings,
digital mixed media and public artworks, often in collaboration with at-risk youth. She has created public art projects in both the US and Cuellaje, Ecuador, working in partnership with community residents to ensure collective participation. Leah has a passion for innovative ideas and working collaboratively to promote dynamic co-creativity.
Stephanie Brunner is an interactive designer by day and a guerrilla knitter by night. Wrapping the the streets in colorful yarn sparked her desire to bring more public art projects to the community. A Pittsburgh native, Stephanie takes pride in the city that raised her. As she celebrates its eclectic beauty, she is eager to make an impact in a place full of inspiring and infinite potential.