Art can serve as a powerful channel in the nationwide conversation on racial justice, and we affirm the importance of the riverfronts as civic spaces for dialogue. Over the weekend, a Black Lives Matter mural was created under the Fort Duquesne Bridge along the Allegheny River between Point State Park and Allegheny Riverfront Park in downtown Pittsburgh, a site owned by the City of Pittsburgh and PennDOT.
Riverlife has led numerous efforts to bring public art to this site over the years, elevating beauty, important voices, and ideas. While we were not involved in creating this mural, we understand and honor the importance of this unique moment as our nation—and Pittsburgh—reckons with the longstanding pains of racial injustice. We take this moment to use our voice to amplify this important expression. #blacklivesmatter
– The Riverlife team
Image by Paul Vladuchick via Instagram, @vladdythegeek, used with permission.