Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012
Pedestrian bridge linking two neighborhoods
16' x 28' x 90'
A pedestrian bridge is adorned with required safety elements to create a shapely walkway. Essential to the project is the landscaping, lighting, and sculptural cyclone fence. The fence is edged with thousands of handmade 4" glass sequins that pick up available light and create a kinetic surface, defining the space with reflections. The main structural beam has infill of a vintage railing salvaged from another bridge in Pittsburgh. A painted surface inspired by street striping becomes an abstract expressionistic painting on the ground plane. Landscape beds holding bulbs and grasses are outboard of the chain link fence. The journey down Shady Liberty creates an experience of civilized surprise: dramatic and formal, yet playful and functional for all who walk across the bridge.

Partners: City of Pittsburgh, Urban Development Authority