1500 Homer St (Homer St and Damas St)
Charm Bracelet Project
After the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh underwent an extensive remodeling and expansion effort, they sought to broaden their affect on the community. They approached this by linking up with other local organizations and venues to form a collaborative effort. They named this the
The bulk of the Charm Bracelet Projects and associated organizations are located in the heart of the old Allegheny City, but a few reach out into nearby neighborhoods. In Spring Hill, this mosaic mural was created as one of their programs.
The mural depicts the history of Spring Hill.
Artist Linda Wallen worked with local high school students in an after school program to create this. They interviewed residents of Spring Hill and researched the history of the area to come up with the design, then spent time at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild learning about tile and mosaic work.
Other residents also attended workshops and made their own tiles to be included in the border.
The mural is located in what was a vacant, overgrown lot. It will be the anchor now for a small community park being built there.
Spring Hill was named for having many natural springs in the area. One in particular was located near where the mural was installed. Unfortunately it is now covered over.
Initially home to mostly German immigrants, the mural includes the racing pigeons that they brought with them when they immigrated.
Agriculture was a big part of the history here, and Spring Hill is another of the Pittsburgh neighborhoods that depended on the steps for it’s early residents to go to and from the city below.
The mural and soon to be park are located across the street from the fire hall. We don’t know if this part of the design is a tribute to today’s firemen or yesterday’s, but it seems appropriate for the location.
There are lots of great details and whimsical touches in this mosaic.
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