Inspired by the water that runs through Millvale and forms a crucial part of its history and identity, Watermark connects community assets Riverfront Park, Grant Avenue Pocket Park (GAP Park), and the Grant Avenue business district with a single line. Viewers who follow the line in its entirety find views of Millvale at each end: the beauty of the Allegheny River at Riverfront Park, and a light and audio installation at GAP Park, which sits directly over local water body Girty’s Run. Watermark is a wayfinding tool that enhances the gateway to Millvale, increases community enjoyment of GAP Park, and celebrates local waterways.
Commissioned by Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art’s Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program in collaboration with the Millvale Community Development Corporation, the Millvale Community Library, and the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka
Funded by The Heinz Endowments and The Hillman Foundation.
Photographs by Helen Maser and Matt Dayak
All images and text copyright Ann Tarantino, 2021