Pittsburgh's Outdoor Murals and Public Art, discovered on bicycle around the Burgh bike


by Jeffrey Katrencik Colleen Black

613 Wood St (613-617 Wood St)
Wilkinsburg PA

This mural is part of an intersection full of wonderful murals. Some detail photos from left to right:

Uriel is the name of an archangel that just so happens to be known as a patron of the arts. It’s also the name that came to Colleen Black when she was first painting this angel on a canvas. The painting was done while she was going through a bit of a rough patch and she came to think of it as a Blessing Angel – an empathic being, lifting the burdens from others and taking them on herself. It brought this artist a sense of peace and when the name came to her she didn’t question the fact that it was also the name of an archangel. It felt right for this angel.

The image is striking. In a collection of many great images on this block, this was one that drew our attention immediately. We were enchanted and intrigued by her and the story of her helping to channel peace and calm to people as she lifts their burdens makes her that much more intriguing.

There’s a photo of the original painting on canvas on Colleen's website.

Update August 2014
When we first attempted to organize this intersection full of murals for our purposes, we started by splitting off the building on Franklin Ave to it’s own page. Then we looked at this building and decided to keep the wall that borders the plaza grouped with the other artwork that surrounds the gazebo. We gave the street side mural it’s own page mostly due to the location outside of the plaza or park, but it also seemed to have a bit of a different style and theme to it.

It may seem arbitrary to divide up the artwork the way we did, but there was just so much here. We were overwhelmed looking at all of it and felt that dividing it would allow each portion more attention.


TAGS mural, Wilkinsburg, Angel, Miriam, Miryam, little girl, fish, grasshopper, Blessing Angel, Gospel singers, dragonfly, market, construction worker, Jeffrey Katrencik, Colleen Black, MLK,


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