Seen: Carrie Deer Party -- A blast at the blast furnaces
August 18, 2014 12:00 AM
From left, David Conrad and August Carlino.
From left, steelworker James Kapusta, pointing, gives a furnace tour at the Save the Carrie Deer event.
Rob Long and Cathy Lewis-Long.
From left, Sharon and Ken Brown.
Security guard Jay Krznaric reads sculptor bios with his flashlight at the Save the Carrie Deer event held at the Carrie Furnaces.
Members of the Mobile Sculpture Workshop weld a Kingfisher (bird) during the Save the Carrie Deer event at the Carrie Furnaces.
Honorary host David Conrad speaks during the Save the Carrie Deer event at the Carrie Furnaces.
From left, Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis at the Save the Carrie Deer event at the Carrie Furnaces.
By Patricia Sheridan /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The purpose: To save the Carrie deer, the ultimate lawn ornament.
The party: It was revelry among the ruins as nearly 450 guests came to the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale Saturday night. Actor David Conrad acted as honorary chair of the event, which raised funds for Rivers of Steel, the organization committed to preserving historic and cultural sites related to the region's steel industry. Entertainment came from The Beagle Brothers band and education from a documentary by Sharon and Ken Brown about the creation of the 40-foot deer head by seven artists working with steel and other materials left on the millsite. Former steel worker Jim Kapusta was one of several volunteers conducting tours of the mill and dancers from the Pillow Project acted as human statues. "The deer represents life and hope in the face of decay," said Mr. Conrad. "We came out every Sunday to work on it and we never thought it would last this long. It has been here 17 years," said Liz Hammond, one of its creators.
The People: Among those having a blast at the old blast furnaces were Rivers of Steel director Augie Carlino, Rob and Cathy Lewis-Long, Sean Derry, Chris McGinnis, WQED's Rick Sebak, Ron Baraff and Jack Bellas.
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