Sprout Fund Sculpture “Meeting/Departure”
Through the generosity of the Sprout Fund’s public art grant, Polish Hill received a unique sculpture in 2008. The sculpture, “Meeting/Departure,” was created by Polish Hill artist Paul Bowden. His inspiration was Polish Hill becoming a meeting place for kindred spirits who help to create a sense of community.
The work consists of three bronze castings of men, which are installed on the side and roofline of Tai + Lee Architect’s offices at 3106 Brereton Street. The installation is spotlit and visible at night.
The work was the first venture into sculpture for Sprout Fund public art projects. Their history with funding innovative mural projects is apparent throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The sculpture was unveiled on October 2, 2008 and can still be seen today.
With support from the City’s Green Up Program, PHCA volunteers created a new parklet, Mały Park, in fall 2009. Mały is the Polish word for “little.” The parklet is on the corner of Dobson Street and Herron Avenue. There are native grasses, roses, butterfly bushes and two flowering trees, plus a limestone path and stone benches.
The park is also bordered by a distinct sidewalk. A chance conversation between an artist and a crew from the Department of Public Works (DPW) led to stamping and tinting the sidewalk yellow. This created a pattern and color reminiscent of the old brick sidewalk that was being replaced. Today the park and sidewalk are maintained by PHCA volunteers and DPW.
Other Past Projects
Three row houses at 1024 – 1026 Herron Avenue were renovated by Pittsburgh Housing Development Corporation, with assistance from the PHCA, in 2008 – 2010.
Harmar Garden is an award-winning, community vegetable garden created and coordinated by the PHCA.
Love Your Block: Brereton Street & Herron Avenue were transformed into a beautiful parklet with native flowers, grasses and trees in 2012.
TreeVitalize & Tree Pittsburgh have partnered with the PHCA and neighborhood volunteers every year since 2009 to plant, prune and tend nearly two dozen trees.
In partnership with the City and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the PHCA has supported new housing and renovation projects dating back to the 1970s, 80s and 90s, including:
- John Paul Plaza (69 units of senior housing)
- 3036 & 3038 Brereton Street restoration (5 residential units)
- Wiggins Street townhouses
- Herron Avenue single-family homes
Renovating and reopening the Citiparks West Penn Swimming Pool in Polish Hill by fundraising for renovation costs.
Design and construction of the skateboard park at West Penn Park.