PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The steps of Pittsburgh have served generations of residents on the South Side Slopes. Now, one popular set of steps is getting a colorful facelift.
The South Side is a mosaic of many cultures.
Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin and her friend, Christine Wells, are bringing color to the path above Josephine Street one step at a time.
The artistic steps grew out of a Kickstarter project, led by neighborhood residents.
“I painted out the entire design in my studio, and then put them on boards, had to cut them out into five and a half inch sections, put them on boards with mesh. Brought them to the workshops, and I taught people how to break tile and adhere them to the mesh,” said McLaughlin.
Hundreds of neighbors chipped in on the painstaking process.
“It was really a collaborative, community endeavor,” McLaughlin said.
There will be 77 colorful risers, hundreds of hours of work. It represents and industrial past, and a more idyllic future.
“There’s a girl standing with smokestacks, but there are flowers coming out of the smokestacks, and she’s also on a bed of flowers,” says McLaughlin of the mosaic.
It all begins with little bits of tile.
“The reaction we’re getting from people driving by in the community, I’m really thrilled with it,” McLaughlin said.