Requesting your local expertise.
Anonymous 08/18/12 at 8:32pm #
We’re in the process of hunting down as many of the local public art murals that we can find. In our research, we found a photo of what looks like a mural of a cherry blossom tree in bloom. Unfortunately the person that took the photo didn’t provide any information regarding where, precisely, they took it other than Pittsburgh. We think it might be somewhere on the Southside but so far we haven’t found it. We’re hoping that someone in this group has seen it and can give us an address – or at least narrow down the area to search. Thanks!
Post the pic on here. I bet you a soda it will be id’d within 12 hours.
Anonymous 08/18/12 at 9:25pm #
Here’s the photo we found on line. Thanks.
Try contacting the Sprout Fund? They commission lots of murals.
Anonymous 08/18/12 at 9:41pm #
We dug up a list of Sprout Fund projects on line, but as far as we can tell this one isn’t on it. Of course we’ve located several murals as we’ve ridden around that weren’t on the list, but turned out to be theirs. If no one here can help then I’ll follow up with your suggestion. Thanks.
Ok let’s go people I have a lot riding on this. Step it up.
Friend of mine says it’s on Mt. Washington on the side of a barbershop. Don’t have an address for you.
Sorry. Got it. 123 Shiloh Street, Pittsburgh, PA You can see the mural on Google maps.
Yep that is on mt washington next to parking lot for shiloh grill. At top of mon incline. It is a sproutfund mural. The artist wanted to recognize the regreening of the area with a native plant, instaed of showing industry.
Two hours, four minutes, from inquiry to exact address. This board rocks!
Also, this sounds like a wonderful project. You might ask the others on here to provide you with a list of the murals they are familiar with in various parts of town. Also look at the 500+ tags on the two Tag-o-Rama threads and Wheelset of Fortune thread for examples of murals.
Anonymous 08/18/12 at 11:21pm #
Wow! Thanks so much. This is great information. I’m working on compiling a list of all the murals we’ve found so far along with their location. Our rule’s been that we have to bike to each one to get the photo and it’s been a lot of fun so far. Give me some time to finish getting this a bit better organized and I’ll post the information (or a link to it) so others can use it. Maybe once I do that anyone that knows of a mural we didn’t find could provide the information so we can add it to the list.
Anonymous 08/19/12 at 12:08am #
Thanks, Steven. We did find those lists. I was surprised at how many of the Sprout Fund murals we’ve discovered that weren’t on those!
It took me a few minutes of looking at the picture before I figured out where that mural is. The funny thing is I’m friends with the owner of the tattoo/barber shop.
There seem to be a ton of murals on the north side and in easy liberty/home wood.
Anonymous 08/19/12 at 9:53am #
There are, stefb. City of Asylum has several very interesting houses on Sampsonia and if you haven’t seen “Randyland” on Jacksonia it’s well worth a detour to look at.
Randyland is incredible, I would like to see inside the compound.
How far out does your scope go? I know of a mural in Vista Business Park in Robinson, one of the most miserable places on earth, and the mural is lovely. Wanta pic?
There are a couple of elephants painted on the side of a gas station on McKnight Rd in McCandless, about as unlikely a mural in as unlikely a place as I can think of.
@edmonds59 I was inside Randyland a few weeks ago. I took my daughter over to see the outside, we walked around to look over the fence, found the gate open, peered inside, and Randy was working in his yard.
The yard is more amazing than the outside.
He’s a very nice man. Invited us in, showed us different aspects of the place, told us about the history of the project and his thoughts. My daughter enjoyed it mightily.
Anonymous 08/19/12 at 10:06pm #
@edmonds59 Yes, please. I don’t know if it’ll be something we can easily ride to (from the Montour Trail maybe???) but we don’t currently have any information on any in Robinson, so when you have a chance the address would be great.
@stuinmccandless — The elephant mural is one we were hoping to find. I don’t remember seeing it before and wondered where exactly it was. The only place I could guess was by the station at the bottom of North Hills Village. I’ve been avoiding McKnightmare lately so I haven’t had a chance to search. I’d appreciate knowing exactly where that one is.
Inbound, just south of Perrymont. It’s in McCandless, north of Peebles, where McIntyre Square is. Across McKnight from Vincentian Academy.
Again, incredible. I wish I could summon a fraction of that creativity and energy.
Anyway, the mural I mentioned, 201 Parkway West Business Park. I tried to get there with nice evening light, but it was already in shadow. I can get better.
Easiest way to get there by bike would be to West busway out to Carnegie then ride out Campbells Run Rd. If you want I could also get you directions to ride all the way.
Anonymous 08/20/12 at 4:26am #
@StuInMcCandles Thanks! I know which station you’re talking about now. Never noticed the mural!
@edmonds59. Wow – looks like a really nice one. Thanks for the info!
Easiest way to get there by bike would be to West busway out to Carnegie then ride out Campbells Run Rd.
If you’re going via bus + bike, either the 24 or 29 from downtown will take you to the opposite end of Campbells Run Road, which is much closer to the business park. (The 29 also runs past the Montour Trail a little farther out, at the Cliff Mine Road trailhead at MP 5.9.)
Campbells Run from that direction has a lot more sketchy intersections and crazy shoulder-less crap, much more harrowing. But if you did take the 24 or 29 bus, get off at Tidball to Glass Rd and there’s a back road in. Even better.
In the meantime, if you want to get to McKnight and Perrymont via something other than McKnight Rd, there are a couple ways to do it. Simplest is to put your bike on an O12 bus and get off at Perrymont.
By bike alone, there are a couple of ways to do it. The least complex: River trail to Millvale, up Babcock, R Thompson Run, to end, L Duncan, L Babcock, and as you approach McKnight, be in the right-most of three forward lanes, which will position you to cross McKnight rather than go down it. Cross McKnight, L into the little strip mall with the dry cleaner, the gas station, and the mural. All of this is relatively crappy, high-traffic, too-fast, tar-and-chip suburban roads, in essence 75% of anything with pavement outside city limits.
Anonymous 08/21/12 at 12:03am #
Thanks, guys. These routes may be a bit beyond my current qualifications. I’m a novice on the roads so I’ll be sure to do some reconnosance before I try anything.
@StuInMcCandles- is Thompson run open again all the way? I know that bridge was closed for quite a while, but haven’t been by there lately. Also, I was actually toying with the idea of parking at the boat house in North Park and coming up Babcock from there. How dicey do you think that would be if I avoid rush hour?
I honestly don’t know about Thompson Run Rd; I don’t use it all that often.
Babcock has several personalities. From Millvale up to the corner with Three Degree Road, it’s quite tame, if you don’t mind right-hand peel-offs where you have to negotiate being in the straight-ahead lane. I’ve never had a problem, but I do it so often it’s second nature. (Just get out there, signal your intentions, be obvious about what you plan to do, and don’t let the bastards get to you.)
From the Northway Car Wash up past Northway Mall, it’s pure hell, and I never go that way. So’s Three Degree, the other direction. I duck to the left of the car wash and take a rough trail through the woods for about a mile. Involves hopping a small stream, but much preferable to suburban Ross Twp traffic. Puts you on Perrymont.
Babcock from the McKnight/Perrymont corner, up to North Park, is busy but decent. A couple of small irritations: coming southbound, the shoulder varies from seven feet wide to 18 inches wide in a newly (2009) rebuilt section about a half mile beyond McKnight. Going northbound, someone got the bright idea to mill the outside edge of the road with those Sonic Nap Alert Pattern impressions. Between Passavant Hospital and North Park. Highly annoying.
From boat house to McKnight is quite a hike, three or four miles. If you want to just hide the car someplace, there are a couple of places much closer, such as TGI Friday’s and other restaurants, on Corporate Drive, which peels off of and back onto Babcock right near McKnight.
Beyond North Park, Babcock is a reasonably pleasant country road, posted 35, not very hilly, but you will run into the redneck jagoff with some regularity, just as you might anywhere beyond a 15-mile radius of the city.
Anonymous 08/21/12 at 7:29am #
Thanks, Stu. I was wondering about the Millvale-Babcock idea. Sounds like that’s best left alone for the time being. Probably leave these murals for last and deal with the ones I think I can get to safely for now. We still have plenty around the city neighborhoods to hunt down.
Let me know when you want to ride out here and we can take a trip out together. It takes me about 75 minutes to make the trip from the center of town.
Anonymous 08/21/12 at 10:17am #
Very kind of you, Stu. Thanks!
There is a mural at the intersection of 43 1/2 street and eden way in lawrenceville. There used to be one on 43 1/2 just down the street but I think it has been painted over.
I was in Braddock yesterday for work and there are a bunch. I didn’t have time to get any pics.
@tetris_draftsman: There is a mural at the intersection of 43 1/2 street and eden way in lawrenceville. There used to be one on 43 1/2 just down the street but I think it has been painted over.
Anonymous 08/22/12 at 2:39am #
I’m finally getting semi-organized. Mural photos that we’ve taken so far are now posted.
I have a list of what we have already found and photographed and another list with what we’re aware of, but haven’t gotten to yet. If anyone knows of any more murals that aren’t on either of these lists and would like to give us the information we’ll add it in.
I uploaded all of this to a FB page and it’s not the best platform to display these lists. If anyone would like a more useable copy of the information we’ve accumulated so far, just let me know and I’ll email it to you. Just keep in mind that this is a work in progress and although I think I have all the info (so far) it’s not in any particular order yet (like by location or alphabetical).
Thanks again for your help to this point, and in advance for anything else you can tell us!
Wow, you’ve got so many already! Very impressive.
I recommend a Google Docs spreadsheet for publicly displaying lists like that. Very convenient.
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