Large-scale Projects

large-scale projects

Pittsburgh Glass Center can help you enhance your work or living environment with glass art ranging from individual vessels or sculptures to expansive installations to fill entire rooms. With our community of local glass artists and worldwide glass art network, we can recommend art for an existing space or help you incorporate glass art into the design phase of your project.

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Check out some of our past projects.

Butler Hospital

butler hospital system

Asked to create an installation that would acknowledge donors and commemorate the grand opening of the new patient tower, a team of PGC artists designed and installed the donor wall at Butler Memorial Hospital.  The wall is a three-dimensional display of fused glass plates that come forward and recede calling attention to individual donors. Adjacent to the donor wall is a timeline of photos in glass showing the evolution of the hospital.

Eastside Bond

eastside bond

A team of artists from Pittsburgh Glass Center made over 500 pendant lights for the apartments at Eastside Bond. Each apartment has at least one custom pendant light and each floor of the building has its own design. In addition, artists created an impressive floating cloud-like installation of glass plates hanging overhead in the buildings reception area.

Eastside Pedestrian Bridge

eastside pedestrian bridge

A project of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh and East Liberty Development Inc., the pedestrian bridge connects Ellsworth Avenue's shopping district with East Liberty's Eastside development. The bridge was designed by Pittsburgh native artist Sheila Klein, who now lives in Washington State. It features thousands of glass sequins made at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Friendship and railings that were salvaged from the 31st Street Bridge.

Notion (Twisted Frenchman)

notion restaurant
(now twisted frenchman)

Influenced by Chef Dave Racicot’s clean modern style of cooking, Heather McElwee and Chris Clarke designed this chandelier to compliment his beautifully complicated preparations at Notion Restaurant. They specifically looked at the Bolle Bottles designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini in the 1960s which represented the pinnacle of clean beautiful and elegant design that they imagined for this chandelier. Racicot encouraged them to design something that fit perfectly in the space located in the East End at 128 S. Highland Avenue. The vessels were created using a traditional and complicated Italian technique called Incalmo wherein two different types of glass, worked separately, are fused together to obtain, within a single object, separate areas differentiated by colors.

The installation still hangs in the restaurant that is under new ownership called "Twisted Frenchman." Chef Andrew Garbarino said in a Post-Gazette article,"French food is the love of my life, but I'm a modernist at heart." He staged two or three days a week for several months at Notion under David Racicot. "I wanted to combine the two."

Sculpting Light on Stanwix

Sculpting Light on Stanwix

PGC helped coordinate the search and selection of glass art for RexxHall Realty, LLC to upgrade its downtown Pittsburgh office building at 11 Stanwix Street, an historic 1960s-era high-modernist tower.  PGC coordinated the Request for Proposal (RFP) process from start to finish to commission artists to design and construct a permanent glass lighting installation for the lobby.  The installation "Rivers of Glass: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" was fabricated in the PGC studios by Jill Reynolds and Daniel Spitzer, artists from Beacon, NY.  The installation covered 1,500 sq.ft. and used approximately 1,300 blown glass forms to illustrate Pittsburgh's three rivers.  Aaron Stauber, President of RexxHall, said that leases in the office building increased after the project was announced.

Unfortunately, the building was sold and during renovations the installation was removed and placed in storage.

Porch Restaurant

The Porch at Schenley

It was a seamless process for Eat'n Park, who wanted a warm and welcoming entrance for diners at their newest restaurant, The Porch at Schenley.  A glowing chandelier with 24 large blown glass globes hanging from a metal leaf-like structure was designed, created and installed in the entryway by a team of PGC artists.