North Side pool party to celebrate public art


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For 32 years, Brighton Heights swimmers have been showered by a piece of artwork. From 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, anyone can join them at the Public Art Pool Party at Citiparks’ Jack Stack Pool.

The idea is to celebrate public art, specifically Anthony Vitale’s 1982 steel sculpture, “Aquarius.” Mr. Vitale, an artist who lived in Carnegie, died in 2006.

“It’s an artwork that doubles as a shower,” said Laura Zorch, educational programs manager for the city’s Office of Public Art.

Participants can swim, eat snacks, dance to tunes from DJ Bamboo and play outdoor games. This is a family-friendly event, and all ages are welcome.

The event is sponsored by PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project) and the Office of Public Art, a public-private partnership between the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Department of City Planning.

“PUMP wants young people to be involved in the city of Pittsburgh,” Ms. Zorch said.

The pool is at 600 Brighton Woods Road, 15212. Information: www.pittsburghartplaces.org or 412-391-2060, ext. 237.


Pohla Smith: psmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1228.

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