Unusual, creative, playful and quaint sum up the countless outdoor art that can be found throughout the city. From the North Shore to the Strip District and everywhere in between, local artists have left their mark on the city’s buildings, along the waterways and nearby its many museums and stadiums. From dynamic dinosaurs to detailed wall murals, the art around Pittsburgh reflects the diversity of the region and its people. Pick a nice day this summer and spend some time outdoors taking in the sights of Pittsburgh’s best outdoor art displays.
1501 Arch St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Randyland is perhaps one of Pittsburgh’s most recognizable and unique homes on the city’s North Shore thanks to its colorful and crazy designs. The masterpiece of artist Randy Gilson, Randyland is a celebrated local landmark decorated with everything from dinosaurs to butterflies. Art lovers of all ages will love this animated outdoor art display that’s both quirky and fanciful. Visit Randyland in Pittsburgh’s Mexican War Streets neighborhood.
1519-2923 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The city’s Strip District is one of Pittsburgh’s most colorful neighborhoods, bustling with locals and tourists browsing its many stores, restaurants, nightclubs and street vendors. Lending even more life and color to this area are the countless murals painted along many of the buildings lining Penn Avenue. Walk along this popular street and surround yourself with bold and vibrant murals from artists like Kyle Holbrook featured on Salem’s Market & Grill, Berry Breene and his jazz-inspired mural at the corner of Penn Avenue and 29th Street and Sandy Kessler Kaminski who painted the prominent work called “Welcome to the Strip.” Start your walking tour of the Strip District’s public mural displays around 1519 Penn Avenue, near Real Luck Café, at the intersection of Penn Avenue and 16th Street.
200-305 Gist St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Gist Street in the city’s Uptown neighborhood is home to the stunning and imaginative creations of local artist James Simon. Both paintings and sculptures are prominently featured on large panels adding new colors, stories, and styles to this newly revitalized “art street.” Among favorite art pieces is a hand and head sculpture of a monkey called “Baby Kong,” a sculpture of two dogs appropriately named “Two Dogs” and multiple other works painted and created by artists like Mexico’s Luis Castellanos Valui, Heather Powel and Barbara Richardson. Art displays begin at 200 Gist Street and can be found all the way to 305 Gist Street where Simon’s studio is located.
Near PNC Park and Heinz Field
North Shore Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
It’s nearly impossible to overlook the towering, four ton, 10-foot-tall tribute to Pittsburgh’s legendary Mr. Fred Rogers, but if you haven’t seen this awe-inspiring statue, just head toward Heinz Field. It’s located between PNC Park and Heinz Field along North Shore Drive where this bronzed Mr. Rogers sits smiling and tying his shoe as he overlooks the North Shore’s Riverwalk and the three rivers. American sculpture Robert Berks created this piece as the focal point of “Tribute to Children,” which was unveiled to Pittsburgh on November 5, 2009 during a dedication ceremony. Stop by and relive your precious childhood memories as you enjoy a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Maybe you don’t know him by his formal name of “Diplodocus carnegii,” but locals will likely recognize him by his nickname Dippy. Dippy, a 22-foot-tall fiberglass dinosaur sculpture named for Andrew Carnegie, takes up roughly 84-feet of space outside near Forbes Avenue and Schenley Plaza by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and is one of the city’s most beloved sculptures. Since his unveiling in 1999, Dippy has developed quite a following and has even earned a spot of website Yinztagram as a featured Pittsburgh landmark. Visit him throughout the year and you may even see him sporting everything from his massive winter scarf to a Terrible Towel during football season.