Bakery Square's Public Art Program is a community-driven initiative to connect with our neighbors, inspire local youth, and proudly display incredible art installations to be viewed by guests from near and far. Each year, Bakery Square commissions an artist to create a piece inspired by the community and allows local students from area public and charter schools to work with the resident artist to bring the community's voice to Bakery Square's epicenter. The program, which debuted in the summer of 2021, resulted in nearly 100 global applications. Artwork is displayed for one year's time and the program is supported by UPMC Health Plan.
Heros on the Horizon now has a permanent home in Bakery Square in the South Garage.
Our third installment was led by native Pittsburgher, Curtis Reaves, who produced an abstract work that utilizes photography, recycled materials and technology. Titled i see YOU, Reaves and the students chose to work with self portraits, utilizing photography and digital art to add shapes, textures and other tools that portray each student's individuality and for some, their hope for social change.
i see YOU was relocated in June of 2023.
The artwork resides on two panels on the exterior facade of Bakery Square's City Kitchen restaurant building facing inward on Bakery Square Boulevard. The designated art locations are the two vertical inlay panels, measuring 10' 4" x 16' 9", flanking the windows on the right and left side. A variety of art forms can be affixed onto this surface and each art panel has dedicated lighting above.