Cantini mural will be moved to Pitt's Posvar Hall


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"Aerial Scape," Virgil Cantini's large enamel-on-steel mural in the lobby of One Oliver Plaza, will be removed this weekend and installed in about a month in the University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall, formerly Forbes Quadrangle, built in the early 1970s on the site of Forbes Field.

Cantini's daughter, Lisa Cantini Seguin, said the building's owner, One Oliver Associates, donated the mural to the university. A new tenant, the law firm K&L Gates, requested its removal.

Objects conservator Michael Belman will oversee the mural's disassembly and removal, said university architect Park Rankin. The work is expected to go smoothly because the mural is attached to the wall with a system of tabs and screws. It will be put in storage while the wall at Posvar is prepared for reinstallation, which could come in about a month.

"Aerial Scape" will hang on an existing wall on the building's first floor, not far from the commemorated location of Forbes Field's home plate.

"It's a large expanse of two-story space that has no art work," Rankin said. "We all agreed it's a piece of art you need to enjoy up close but also from far away."

Pitt has three other porcelain enamel Cantini murals. "Enlightenment and Joy" also is located in Posvar Hall; "Science and Mankind" is in the Chevron Science Center and the third hangs in the Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom, Barco Law Building.


Patricia Lowry can be reached at plowry@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.


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