Pitt-Greensburg will soon be home to a pair of wings in support of the Wings Across Westmoreland art initiative, sponsored by the Westmoreland Cultural Trust. This is their way to bring art and awareness to places across the county.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have the opportunity to provide input as to what images, icons, words, etc. best depict Pitt-Greensburg and should be included in our campus’s set of wings. The top 25 items will be submitted for inclusion.
Our tentative timeline is:
- Now – November 11: Solicit Idea for what best represents the Pitt-Greensburg campus
- November – February: Artist designs the Pitt-Greensburg wings
- March: Design is approved
- March: Wings installed
- April: Unveiling of Wings
Wings Across Westmoreland
Westmoreland Cultural Trust is a proud leader and supporter of local artists and musicians. In 2016, the Trust announced its Incubator for the Arts, a place to foster the work of local artists and take their craft to the next level. In the spring of 2018, WCT announced its Art in the Alley initiative which has turned a dark and desolate alley next to The Palace Theatre courtyard into a vibrant canvas and interactive public art project for the community to enjoy. The alley has become a destination spot in downtown Greensburg.
One of the Trust’s most notable pieces of artwork in the alley is a large set of metal wings designed by Incubator artist Patrick Mahoney. The wings were inspired by places and memories in Greensburg including the courthouse, The Palace Theatre and other distinctive downtown sites. They have been a backdrop for countless selfies, senior photos and wedding photographs. This interaction and community engagement inspired us to expand the initiative beyond Greensburg and into other cities, making it countywide.
Locations all over Westmoreland County have and will continue to receive their own pair of wings with imagery that makes each place special.