Love Locks in Pittsburgh

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Love Locks have been scattered throughout the bridges of Pittsburgh for years. A movement that became known throughout Rome in early 2000s has spread to the United States and many other places. The locks symbolize everlasting love for the city they are placed in. The people of Pittsburgh have been participating in this worldly trend and more people join every year.

I first knew about these locks from the Roberto Clemente Bridge near PNC Park. The fence of the bridge has a variety of locks that were different shapes;sizes;colors. Some locks were bike locks while others were combination. Many of the locks had been on the fence for quite some time because they were painted over when the bridge needed repainted. The locks show art in a neat and different aspect. It allows people to show and share their love for their city in a creative way. The locks are fun to look at when crossing the bridge and are a nice decoration to the fence.

Even though people intend to do good with the Love Locks, bad things can happen. In Paris, parts of a bridge started to collapse. The bridges in Pittsburgh do not have as many locks as the bridges in Paris but they eventually could. Love Locks are a future threat but for right now they are being enjoyed by the people who love their city.

Benedum Center Features “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Music. Puppies. Empowered women. What could be better?
The Benedum Center presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical” tonight at 8, a production I would be dying to see. The Benedum Center itself is quite the interesting historical landmark. Between Beatles concerts and floods, this ancient theater has been through it all.
Actually, the Benedum Center is formerly known as Stanley Theater. It was built in 1928, when admission was just 25 cents. To say that the prices have risen since then is an understatement. In those days, Stanley Theater was the pinnacle of entertainment; a bit of comic relief from the oncoming depression. It would provide movies for the public to watch. In 1936, on St. Patrick’s Day, the theater flooded and trapped several men in the balconies for three days.
When rock and roll kicked off, the theater switched to a concert venue. It headlined famous bands such as Fleetwood Mac and the Almond Brothers. In fact, Bob Marley did his final concert at Stanley Theater.
Finally, the theater shed its ancient identity in 1987, when it was completely restored and renamed to the title we know today: Benedum. The theater cost just $3 million to build, but the restoration cost $43 million. Benedum then changed from a concert venue to a Broadway series theater. Since that time, many Broadway plays from New York have performed in the center, such as “Cats” and “Footloose.”
Overall, the theater has become a beacon of culture and art in Pittsburgh. John O. (who declined to give a last name), sees at least three shows each year during the summer series.
“It was probably the first place I saw a concert (America),” he said, “a long, long, long time ago.”



Pittsburgh’s Downtown Art Sparks Emotions

Downtown Pittsburgh is a bustling oasis of opportunity for businesses, but also provides a platform for many artists’ work to be seen. Many artists’ work is overlooked by passersby, but there are always the occasional few who  take to time to admire the artwork.

Next to the PPG fountain, there is a large bronze sculpture titled “A Turn of the Century” that stands high over the heads of the citizens walking through the square. The sculpture depicts a man and a woman dancing to a hidden tune and both seem almost distracted by something else in their minds. The extreme amount of detail within in the sculpture is captivating as each crease in their clothing is defined and their eyes look as if they are real. The sculpture was created by J. Seward Johnson in 1968 as a part of his series of sculptures called “Beyond the Frame.” The series of sculptures depict ordinary people in real life situations. Johnson based the sculpture on a painting by Pieree-Auguste Renoir titled “Dance at Bougivial.” People tend to look at the emotion on the faces of the people depicted and get a reaction.

final sculptureCarol Morse from Pittsburgh claims that the art gave her a peaceful feeling due to her love of dance and she was amazed by how Johnson copied the painting perfectly. Morse was asked what she believed the purpose of the sculpture was and how it made her feel.

“I think he did this to try to bring the art alive and to make people think about it more closely,” said Morse, “It makes me think about the possibility for a new thing. It seems like they just met but you’re not sure because they are so close together, yet they seem distant.”

There is also a sitting area near market square that holds a piece known as “The Oval Portrait” by Ivette Spradlin. Spradlin based this photography piece on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story titled The Oval Portrait. This piece was created by Spradlin to depict women who have dedicated their life to their work just as Poe describes dedicating his life to his piece and forgetting the reasoning behind his work. Usually, passersby don’t realize there is meaning behind the photos until they put thought into the idea.

Steve Watson, originally from Rochester, New York, was sitting in the beautiful area enjoying his lunch when the piece was brought to his attention. The piece made him feel inquisitive and wonder the reasoning behind the photos.

oval“I wonder what the girls are thinking,” he says, “The pictures engage you to think instead of just looking at them.”

Art is created to spark emotion and make people think about the meaning behind it. If someone takes the time to think about a piece they may find out they relate to it in some way.

Market Square Dining

Whether it’s coffee and breakfast shops or restaurants, cafes, and bars, Markets Square is the place to be. Now that it is summer time in the city, the atmoshphere in Market Square is so inviting. It’s hard to miss the children playing in the fountain at PPG, businessmen on their lunch breaks, and girlfriends having a coffee at Starbucks.

A fun, simple place to go in Market Square is Einstein Bros. Bagels. A small deli where you can find many delicious choices on the menu like a simple bagel, salad, paninis, and even gourmet sandwiches. Pittsburgh resident, Nancy Lynch comes here 3 times a week to enjoy her favorite, the pizza bagel. “The people are very friendly, and i know all the workers by name. it is a very simple way to get lunch, and the outside tables make it very relaxing for me to sit back, eat my lunch, and read the paper.” Be sure to check out their menu here!

If you’re looking for another simple lunch or even dinner head to Noodles & Company. Pittsburgh resident, Elena Laquatra and Uniontown resident, Ninna Jenkins had to say ” There are lots of good choices to choose from on the menu, everyone is very friendly, and they welcome you right in.  The restaurant has many different people come in and out you see many different business men, along with college students, and classy Pittsburgh residents.

Market Square and downtown Pittsburgh are a fabulous place to be rain or shine. There are a variety places to eat and explore with friends and even the family. If you’re getting your morning coffee, on a lunch break with the boss, or out in the nightlife in Market Square on girls night you will always have something to do.

History of PNC Park

photo-2Over the years in Pittsburgh there were five different stadiums. Recreation Park, Exposition Park, Three Rivers Stadium, Forbes Field, and PNC Park.

In April 2001 PNC park opened. The park is located on the North Shore of the Allegheny River. The park cost $262 million dollars. PNC park is the third smallest park in the MLB. The capacity of the park is 38,362 people. In 2006 PNC park hosted the all-star game. PNC park is the first ball park to have a  two deck design to be in built in the United States.

The History and Culture of Pittsburgh Sports

By Cole Hetzler and John Conley

Pittsburgh culture has been shaped from many things. But Pittsburghers love nothing more than a hometown sporting event.

“Sports have an emotional effect on Pittsburgh and they definitely helped shape the city.”  said Heinz History Center intern Reed Mclaughlin.

The culture was shaped by sports, and there’s nothing more dominant in Pittsburgh sports than the city’s football team. The Steelers have the most championships out of the city’s professional teams, which has helped create a massive fan base. And with every fan base, comes a tradition.

“The thing thats sticks out the most to me about Steelers football would be ethnic things, such as Franco’s Italian Army.” Mclaughlin said.

Franco’s Italian Army was a group of Italian natives who traveled to games and cheered on Steelers running back Franco Harris from day one. They called themselves an army and the leaders considered themselves to be generals.

“My favorite Pittsburgh sports memory was the Penguins game where Sidney Crosby came back from a long-term injury and scored twice, that was my sons first game and it was really special.” said Bitner.

Bitner, of Harrisburg, says that some sports are more popular because of their long history.

“Soccer didn’t reach the U.S until somewhere around the eighties” Bitner says. “Sports like hockey have been around here forever.”