In the winter of 2011 I was short listed and then chosen to
create the Welcome Sign for Troy Hill. Troy Hill is in a lovely
setting - on a hill - overlooking Pittsburgh from the North Side.
Originally a German community known for some historic landmarks, as
well as having a lot of pigs running up and down the hill to the
slaughter houses- Initially I proposed a traditional German
accordion player. After a few months of community process with
several rowdy community meetings, strong opinions and loud
discussions -and several design changes - a final design was
settled on. Some folks wanted the famous landmarks, some folks
wanted some pig imagery, and some did not. The challenge for me was
to figure out a way to address the various visual requests of the
community and still have an artistically interesting
Folks often want their landmarks-I figured out a way to
duplicate a skyline of them at the bottom of the sign-From photos I
will create the feeling of the buildings with glass and
mosaics-should be beautiful-I will create -with fused and cut
glass-a sea of plants and flowers (and maybe some birds and
bugs)-that will rise above the building -nestling the welcome text.
In lieu of this commission and for upping my abilities I took a one
week intensive -fused glass course at the Pittsburgh Glass
Center-and will now be able to create some of the compositions with
beautiful fused glass techniques.