I travelled to Pittsburgh a couple of years ago. Pittsburgh is very different from other cities in the US. First its topography is undulating and it has three rivers Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio. The Allegheny River and Monongahela River unite at Point State Park to form the Ohio River. It is an amazing site from the top of a hill on the other side of town. There is also a cute little cable car that scales this hillock, Mt. Washington, called the Duquesne Incline! This cable cart was at first steam powered and intended to carry cargo up Mt Washington in the late 19th Century.
We visited two unique museums at Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory. The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum dedicated to a single artist Andy Warhol in the United States. Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, was an artist, film director and producer. He was a leading figure in what may be called pop art, painting imaginary from the popular or mass culture, which began around the late 1950s. This simply means painting the mundane everyday things in life.
The Mattress Factory was a fascinating contemporary art museum created inside an old mattress factory and hence the name. In 1975, the artist founder Barbara Luderowski bought this property at first to live in and host artists. The artist community grew and in 1982 The Mattress Factory opened its first installation exhibition. My cousin, who I accompanied, was dabbling in ‘some’ art or at least had some artist friends. Me the poor Economist was absolutely taken by surprise!
See the Strange Art Works here