Essential Pittsburgh
2:40 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Temporary Art Installations Boost Economy

Rebecca Harris and her mother from St. Louis, Dr. Susan Uchitelle
Rebecca Harris and her mother from St. Louis, Dr. Susan Uchitelle
Credit Rebecca Harris

Temporary art installations are all the rage—while they’re around. This past summer Pittsburgh has seen a host of exhibits including the “yarn-bombing” of the Andy Warhol Bridge and, of course, the Rubber Duck Project.

Business contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the economic impact of these visiting art projects.

“These are outdoor public arts that are temporary and are meant to break up a monotonous urban environment,” explains Harris. She says these freely accessible projects are typically government funded or sponsored and have shown to vastly increase the tourism of a region while the project is displayed. The Rubber Duck Project, for example, attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and added over a million dollars directly into the Pittsburgh economy.