Market Square

An artist will be debuting a public art sculpture in Market Square this month.

Jennifer Wen Ma was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to create an art installation for the Market Square Public Art program.

Jennifer Wen Ma has exhibited work at museums and spaces all over the world. Possibly her best-known artwork was when she worked with a team to design the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

“It’s a very difficult challenge actually to create a public art piece in the coldest months of the year,” said Wen Ma.

The Annual People's Gas Holiday Market Returns to Market Square

Nov 24, 2014
John Altdorfer

Vendors from around the world have returned for the 3rd People's Gas Holiday Market in Market Square. 

What draws them to the Steel City? We'll pose that question to Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Vice President of Marketing and Communications Leigh White and holiday market vendor, Louise Larkin Manager of the Kathe Wohlfahrt Shop.

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Pittsburgh might not have its own beach, but that doesn’t mean it can’t have a giant sandcastle.

Sculptors Rusty Croft and Kirk Rademaker from the Travel Channel’s show Sand Masters transformed a five-ton pile of sand into a work of art in Market Square Thursday.

The artists co-own the business Sand Guys and have been professionally sculpting sand since 1997.

VisitErie, Erie County’s tourism promotion agency, hired the “masters” to create the sculpture for its “Hello Summer, Hello Erie!” advertising campaign.

Bust out the reusable shopping bags and prepare to buy some organic goat cheese, because Farmers Market season is back in swing.

This year Pittsburgh will be home to at least 14 different farmers markets from downtown to Lawrenceville.

This Thursday marks the start of the Market Square Farmers Market, which is one of the biggest in Pittsburgh with more than 30 vendors and live music every week.

Pittsburgh’s Market Square is going to get brighter with the help of an interactive light, video and sound art installation.

The piece, entitled “Congregation,” will be in the city Feb. 21–March 16 and is part of the Market Square Public Art Program.

Created by Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler, the installation will be played on a 50 ft. projection screen and will run on a 25-minute loop. Lights will shine on the Market Square courtyard and visitors will be able to interact and manipulate the show simply by walking through it.

One Pittsburgh group is trying to bring a little more life to the downtown area during the winter months.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in conjunction with the city of Pittsburgh, will begin a three-year project to bring temporary public art to the city’s Market Square.

Artists are being asked to submit proposals for existing works of art to be displayed in the public plaza, or submit their qualifications to create new works.