The Carrie Furnaces are the only blast furnaces in Pittsburgh to remain standing after the steel industry collapsed. At its peak, it provided for the world. This photo was taken at an art event housed within the remains of the furnaces. One artist claimed that he could still feel the warmth emanating from the furnace walls. So, what illuminates Pittsburgh for me? The culmination of past and present. The gritty and extravagant industrial landscape; the rust. In Pittsburgh, we take rust and make it pretty. We explore this dynamic. And these pointe shoes, embedded in old steel tombs, are the quintessential paradigm. We protect our past, rusted as it may be, and now these old places of industry are finding new uses as homes to a vibrant and burgeoning art community. The steel in these places still holds the warmth of bygone days and they still produce – not molten iron, but a kind of regional art that remembers where it came from, that remembers the rust.
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