Riverlife response to riverfront vandalism under the Ft. Duquesne Bridge

"Displaced" photos by Maranie Staab are shown in front of Kim Beck's "Adjutant" mural.

Dear Riverlife friends, colleagues and Pittsburgh riverfront community:

As you may have seen in the news, this morning Riverlife staff and Arts Festival crew members discovered vandalism on Kim Beck’s “Adjutant” painted mural, two photo panels in Maranie Staab’s “Displaced” exhibit, and various surfaces along the Allegheny Riverfront trail between the Point and the Cultural District. The content suggested a random (and juvenile) tagging. By afternoon our crew had removed the mural graffiti and is in the process of replacing the photo panels.

This artwork and the graffiti removal repair are being funded by Riverlife. You can find out more about our art and activation series under the Fort Duquesne bridge here.

We’re disappointed that someone chose to disrespect the artists’ works and the river walk, but are encouraged by the overwhelming positive response we’ve had to our “to be determined” series under the bridge and the debut of Maranie’s thought-provoking work during the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival last Friday.

Many thanks for your care and concern. And a special thanks to the crew that was out on the riverfront this afternoon painting and repairing!

Stephan Bontrager
Riverlife Communications Director
stephan@riverlifepgh.org / 412-258-6636 x 105