Small archive of materials relating to the 1988 Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Place Published: Pittsburgh
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Binding: Loose_leaf
Condition: Near fine
Book Id: 4506


Correspondence, financial documents, site plans, newspaper articles, and promotional materials concerning the 1988 Three Rivers Arts Festival, a summer festival of art and music held annually in Pittsburgh, PA. This archive specifically concerns the 1988 festival and its controversial public art project, Sculpture at the Point. Originally conceived in 1984, Sculpture in the Point was envisioned as a large-scale, site specific public art project. Nine internationally-regarded artists were commissioned to build sculptures that were to be installed around the Point, the park area at the confluence of the Monogahela and Allegheny Rivers in downtown Pittsburgh, throughout the duration of the arts festival. As a member of the Sculpture at the Point committee and the Festival committee, Chirigos, an architect, had access to budgets and planning documents. Included here are a series of budgets from 1987 and 1988, both project and actual, fundraising letters and templates, artist biographies, plans and renderings. Newspapers articles detailing the planners’ many missteps and lamenting the project’s flaws are also included, as is Chirigos’ resignation letter. A unique look into the trials and tribulations of arts planning and fundraising at the grassroots level. One manila folder containing 6 newpaper articles, biographies for each of the nine artists, projected totals for each art piece, a fundraising template, an assortment of meeting notes on scrap paper, three budgets, Chirigos’ resignation letter. Addtional folder containing press releases and history of the project, along with 10 festival programs. All near fine, with mild toning to the newpaper articles.

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