Mayor Richard S. Caligiuri Statue in the Snow

Photographed while at a red light on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Mayor Caligiuri Statue

On the steps of the City County Building.

This is a bronze sculpture of former mayor (served 1977-1988), Richard S. Caliguiri.

Here’s an article he wrote about facing his diagnosis of the fatal disease amyloidosis.

 “On October 19, 1990 a statue of Richard S. Caliguiri was dedicated on the steps in front of Pittsburgh’s City-County Building. The sculpture was made by well-known sculptor Robert Berks. It stands 9 feet tall and is 3 feet wide.”

Carrick High School Art Show – Before and During

Pittsburgh Carrick High School Art Show Opening Monday May 5th.  City County Building downtown Pittsburgh on Grant Ave.  You can go there anytime this week and see the ceramics, jewelry, paintings, drawings and photography.  It looks wonderful.

The art staff along with some volunteer assistants got together on Saturday from 8-2 and set it all up.  This is the seventh year for the show.

Tonight at the opening I went upstairs and shot from the enclosed balcony (hence some reflection)

It was great to see so many students, families and teachers and even the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Linda Lane came and selected an artwork to be awarded the Superintendent’s Award.

 

Setting up the art show

 

 

 

 

Carrick Art Show

 

And the elegant Miss Hicks came (she taught with us last year and is now at Pittsburgh Roosevelt Elementary)

The statue on the right is Mayor Richard Caliguiri (memorial statue by Robert Berks)

ms hicks and the mayor statue

Bronze Elevator Doors in the City County Building, Pittsburgh PA

Sometimes you see something on the fly-  take a quick picture and later you think, oh,

I should have taken a little more time, shot more views or gotten better photographs as you review what you captured.

I left these  photos the way I took them-  a bit crooked, a partial door- as a reminder to take my time and get the detail, watch the angle,

*note to self– take a few more pictures when you see something magnificent, unusual and interesting.  Take the entire door in the frame!

When we hung the art show at the City County Building downtown Pittsburgh, we were getting into the elevators and I took a couple of photographs of the bronze elevator doors.  You almost felt like you were in Florence.

 Henry Hornbostel was the architect of the building (and about fifty other building that are still in the city) but I couldn’t find who designed and sculptured/cast the elevator doors specifically.  They were amazing to see. Figures with earlier government buildings in hand.  Definitely need to get to the Carnegie Library for some detailed research but just look at the doors and think about how they don’t make buildings like this anymore. There’s a lot of history in the story of the doors that I don’t have at hand.  Details later.

Brass vs. Bronze the difference in the two metals information here

 

 

Elevators sign

elevator doors

 

 

 

detail of elevator door

 

 

 

 

 

detail elevator door

Putting Up the Tree

Driving to the West End  for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning,  I saw the City-County Building (architect named Henry Hornbostel) tree being put into place. A large flatbed truck now empty and a forestry truck with a cherry-picker bucket and a huge gold crane-like machine were all at the curb.  I parked and got out of the car to photograph the scene. My friend R remarked that the pumpkins are still out!  You can see the head of the Richard S Caliguiri Monument.  Second image below of monument.

Wish I knew the measurements!