From the monumental sculptural installation "No Limits" by Cuban-born artist
Visitors to the Artist Market in
Each represented in whimsical ways, coiled, spun or made to look as if in perpetual motion, they play with the idea that architecture itself can be elastic, offering, as Arrechea puts it, a "point of access from which to understand the dialog between art and architecture and how this relationship can evolve and open new doors."
"I want the spectator to experience feeling in control of their reality and immediate surroundings," he says.
Arrechea's pieces also offer a point of access for the themes of this year's festival -- sustainability, environmental stewardship and crowd-sourcing.
Beginning with the fact that it takes 700 gallons of water to produce one cotton T-shirt,
It is composed of nearly 3,000 discarded T-shirts, each collected from individual Pittsburghers as well as local T-shirt printers like
Like the layered T-shirts, Abeyta says, "There are layers of history everywhere, and each one of us carries it with us. Sometimes the stories are buried, sometimes obliterated by others, sometimes the attempt at erasure is intentional, and sometimes force is used, but all the voices are always present. The land where these three rivers converge is filled with people, voices and histories."
Several more artworks explore themes of sustainability and environmental practices, such as the sculptural installation and interactive activity "Diversion" by
Situated at the Point State Park Overlook, Clancy offers the opportunity to create a "take-home" compostable sculpture to be later buried in their backyards or compost bins.
"I want people to know that organic matter is renewable resource, and its role in soil is crucial in the continuation of a healthy food web -- a food web that we humans are a part of," Clancy says. "I hope that people walk away realizing that individual action does matter, not just for today, but for the tomorrow of their grandchildren's grandchildren."
Clancy's isn't the only interactive artwork on display. Located in
"Anyone who walks by can pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space," Chang says in regard to her installation, which is a continuation of a project she began in 2011 and has since been re-created in 30 languages and more than 60 countries, including
As in previous years, there will be plenty gallery exhibits on display, several of which are at the
That's where the festival's
Also on display at the center is "China Express," a black-and-white photography exhibition that documents people and places affected by coal shipping. Artist
And not far way, on
Festivalgoers will find that exhibit next to
"They are based on stories from my late grandfather's old grocery store that was in the
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