Conversations in the
Brownfields Into Greenways
In 1999, The Wood Street Galleries exhibition was the final dialogue in the three year series. The goal was to seek community consensus on the conceptual design of the new greenway. The product was a multimedia, two floor installation addressing the cultural and social issues of industrial/post-industrial era.
Slag: The Environmental Protection Agency provided a grant to the City of Pittsburgh and the project team to study the options for creating a bio-diverse habitat on the slag soils. Actual test beds, video for context and contemporary plant samples from the site were all part of this installation.
The water systems of Nine Mile Run have a complicated history of institutional
and regulatory neglect. This installation presents historic and contemporary
texts, while a ball of NMR water moves up and down the wall, focusing
our attention on the language of inaction.
The community aspect of the installation illustrates the project teams
intent to design new forms for critical discourse. Our goal is to create
artworks which provide access and context for the community voice. We
address issues of power, access and planning to create a local expample
of citizen action which is rewarded by official results.
Landscape: The artists have worked with experts and communities
to develop diverse options for restoring the Nine Mile Run landscape.
The philosophy of restoration ecology and democratic discourse is realized
in the final designs.