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A Guide To Walking Tours of Oakland

July 7, 2011 6:10 AM

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Oakland is home to many historical buildings, museums and art installations. From dinosaurs to memorials, a surprising variety of art is around every turn. Here are five must-see art installations, selected from the Pittsburgh Office of Public Art’s larger Oakland walking tour publication. (issuu.com/pghartscouncil/docs/oaklandwalkingtour)

Kraus Campo

Carnegie Mellon University
On top of the Posner Center
cfa.cmu.edu

Kraus Campo, created by Mel Bochner and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in 2005, is a sculptural garden that mixes art with landscape design. A French curve tiled in numbers is surrounded by plants that create a winding path between the College of Fine Arts building and the Tepper School of Business.

Collection of Sculptures

Rear Entrance to Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
web.cmoa.org

Two Slender Lines, Three Forms, Hokusai’s Wave, Running Man, Night and Tropical Garden’s Presence are a collection of sculptures at the rear entrance to the Carnegie Museum of Art. Created by George Rickey, James Rosati, Jack Youngerman, Elisabeth Frink, Aristide Maillol and Louise Nevelson, respectively, the sculptures represent a variety of art styles and range in date from 1939 to 1982.

Diplodocus Carnegii

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
carnegiemnh.org

Diplodocus Carnegii, also known as “Dippy,” was created by Research Casting International in 1999 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The sculpture is a model of the dinosaur that paleontologists discovered in Wyoming in 1898.

Panthers

Panther Hollow Bridge
Schenley Park
pittsburghparks.org

The bronze panthers flanking the Panther Hollow Bridge entrance to Schenley Park were created by Giuseppe Moretti in 1897. Panthers were native to the Allegheny Mountains and are now a symbol of the region.

A Song to Nature

Entrance to Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
tour.pitt.edu

A Song to Nature, created by Victor David Brenner in 1918, is a memorial to Mary Schenley, donor of the land that became Schenley Park. The fountain is topped with a bronze sculpture of Greek god Pan and a woman.

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