Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Artist Notification March 30th

Thanks to all of those who submitted proposals for Alloy Pittsburgh 2015!  Please be aware that notification of selected artists will be announced on March 30th, rather than March 23rd, 2015.  We have a great pool of applicants this year and look forward to an exciting project!

Expect more information then.


Alloy PGH Team

Friday, January 30, 2015


Alloy Pgh 2015 applicants please be aware that a required date has recently been changed in the project timeline.  The first on-site research period will be held on MAY 29 & 30, 2015.  Please disregard the previous date listed for may 22/23.  Please download or view the updated call for proposals via the tab on the right.

Thank you,

Alloy Pgh Team

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ALLOY PGH 2015!!

Greetings from all of us on the Alloy Pgh Project team!  We are excited to open the call for this year's site based project at the Carrie Furnaces National Heritage Area.  Please visit the Call for Proposals link to find the updated submission process and important dates to keep in mind.  Its hard to believe that two years have passed since we put out this call in early 2013 and we look forward to another exciting project this summer/fall!

A special thanks to the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation for hosting the project once again at the beautiful Carrie Furnaces!

Alloy Pittsburgh was co-­‐founded by Pittsburgh artists and Indiana University of Pennsylvania faculty members, Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation and Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The project is financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Additional support is provided by the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop

A special thanks to Ron Baraff for inviting Chris and I along on a visit to the W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing, PA. The site was closed in 1966 but still retains all of its original equipment and overhead leather drive belts. Thank you George Blystone for showing us around.

Don't miss your opportunity to visit this gem! On Saturday, April 19th the Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmiths Association and Appalachian Blacksmith Association will offer blacksmiths demonstrations. George Blystone will provide tours of the foundry and belt drive machinery. The site opens at 9:00 and admission is free.

W. A. Young Foundry is located on Water Street in Rices Landing, PA 15357

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Thanks to Alex Oliver and the UNLISTED: Second Steel project for such a great interview!  UNLISTED is a site-specific performance series that moves from city to city.  This September they will present live performances in various parts of Pittsburgh on September 25-28th.  For more information about Unlisted and their interview with Alloy Pittsburgh visit the link below.  Thanks Alex!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rethinking the Carrie...

Many debates on the value of places like the Carrie Furnaces have surfaced in recent years. Are they becoming irrelevant to our contemporary times? Do they serve as a monument to our local and national history? Can they be rethought and reused in a new way?

Carrie Furnaces, Rankin, PA

Photographer and landscape architect Rick Darke suggests that monuments like the Carrie are not separate from the nature spouting throughout it, but rather it is part of nature. He reminds us that we, as humans, are in fact part of nature and our built landscape is as much a part of nature as any anthill or beaver dam. Our ability to manufacture synthetics and construct vast steel empires is within our specific skill set, and plays a part in our global ecologies. 

Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia, PA

Darke suggests approaching the Carrie with subtlety. He reflects on places such as the High Line Park in New York City, and the Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia. 

High Line Park, NYC

High Line Park, NYC

Darke holds wild gardens such as these, where plants are left to reclaim the space without human planning, in high reverence. Here, as observers, we can watch the wild, local ecology reclaim our landscape in a unique way. 

In Germany, the Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord has reinvented an industrial setting reminiscent of the Carrie.

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

"At the center stands a disused ironworks whose old industrial facilities have today been put to a wide variety of uses. The huge buildings of the former ironworks have been equipped to cater for cultural and corporate functions; in an old gasometer Europe’s biggest man-made diving center has been created; alpine climbing gardens have been created in ore storage bunkers; in a former casting house a high ropes course has been set up; and an extinguished blast furnace has been modified to provide a viewing tower.
Entry to the Landscape Park is free."
 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

learn more about Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany at:

After looking through some of the ways other industrial centers are reinventing and redefining their landscapes, and imagining merging our astounding past with contemporary arts and entertainment, it seems the possibilities are endless. 

What's your take on the Carrie Furnaces? How would you like to see them used? Education? Art? Entertainment? Wild Garden? Or something completely different?