Blown and engraved glass, wood, paper and graphite
3' x 4' x 10"
My wife and I moved to Pittsburgh three years ago. Fallowfield Stacks expresses my strong first impression of the city’s postindustrial landscape. I was struck by the way the future and past coexisted in the surroundings. The way the community strove to redefine a city peppered with midcentury relics each calling attention to a forgone era of coal fired abundance and activity. Of all these relics, I find that the smokestack remains the city’s most enduring historical icon. As technology and higher education replace steel and hard labor as Pittsburgh’s core competencies, the “stacks” still loom over new development and refuse to forfeit the skyline to emerging cell towers and high-rises. As I build a family and a future of my own, these accidental monuments continue to provide me with historical perspective and a fine example of dogged perseverance.
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