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Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

"The Forks," 1984

Isaac Witkin (American, born South Africa, 1936)

 

— Aluminum; Commissioned by Alcoa Foundation —

 
"The Forks," 1984 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 10, 2020
1. "The Forks," 1984 Marker
Inscription.  
A celebration of the three rivers and the molten metals that have been major forces in shaping Pittsburgh's industrial history.

Collection of Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute

[Additional plaque on the base of the sculpture:]
Pittsburgh's natural environment and its industrial past are both given tribute in Witkin's abstract sculpture. The flowing lines, reminiscent of the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela, also reference the molten metals that were poured in the many mills lining these rivers. Giving the citizens of Pittsburgh more access to these rivers was a key factor in the development of Allegheny Landing, which included the commissioning of public art for its walking paths.
 
Erected by City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural ResourcesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 40° 26.835′ N, 80° 0.195′ W. Marker is in Pittsburgh
The additional plaque on the base of the statue image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 10, 2020
2. The additional plaque on the base of the statue
, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker can be reached from Federal Street 0.1 miles south of Isabella Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 Federal St, Pittsburgh PA 15212, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Piazza Lavoro" and "Mythic Source," 1984 (within shouting distance of this marker); Allegheny City (within shouting distance of this marker); Allegheny Cotton Mill Strikes (within shouting distance of this marker); "Pittsburgh Variations," 1984 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Great One" (about 300 feet away); Frederick J Osterling Office & Studio (about 700 feet away); Timber Court (about 800 feet away); Roberto Clemente Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsburgh.
 
<i>The Forks</i> image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, September 10, 2020
3. The Forks
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 13, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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