Among the neighbors of this monumental work of art will be a 100-foot spire of water that shoots up at the confluence of three rivers, one of the most recognizable symbols of any American city. A re-imagined Post-Gazette site will display artworks and artifacts from a vast pressroom where two historic newspapers were published, as well as a towering green-and-silver press.
All or part of the block-long former pressroom will serve as Pittsburgh’s front parlor, strikingly visible through 30-foot arched windows that stretch along a central downtown boulevard. The pressroom also will serve as home to the International Center for Free Expression.
The project will call on schools, colleges, communities, institutions and individuals to help create the International Center for Free Expression, as well as their own free-expression initiatives. For instance, students will be encouraged to write essays and create works of art. Performers will play music, present films and mount theatre productions. Such activities will be ongoing, as well as organized around special occasions. Outreach will be targeted especially at young people, particularly those who are troubled and might find purpose in art or advocacy.