Weekend of Public Art
March 22 - March 24, 2013

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership presented a weekend highlighting unique public art in Downtown Pittsburgh. Market Square welcomed the big top thrills of Zany Umbrella Circus, while a parking lot located at 921-923 Liberty Avenue was activated Friday and Saturday evenings with a film screening and ceremony presented by the Sisters of the Lattice.

Zany Umbrella Circus

After traveling to Jordan, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan, Zany Umbrella Circus was back home in Pittsburgh to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Throughout the weekend, Zany Umbrella Circus performed one of their newest works, Cake, and offered a retrospective of performances inside of a bus museum. For the young and the young at heart, circus workshops were offered.

About Zany Umbrella Circus:
The Zany Umbrella Circus is a socially conscious physical theater/circus company that has toured internationally through Afghanistan, Jordan, and Ethiopia. Touring in America, Zany Umbrella has performed at the Kennedy Center, White House, and often performs in their 1,000-seat circus tent. For more information, visit zanyumbrella.com.


HOTSPOT is a group meditation designed to create a wireless network from the energy of its participants. Ten selected individuals sat for each ceremony in one of the Sisters' personal steam saunas. Members of the public were invited to view this outdoor group meditation and watch the Sisters' 80 minute film.

About Sisters of the Lattice:
The Sisters of the Lattice are willfully conjoined techno-mystics who work to deepen the connection between individuals and the technological devices they use everyday. They perform a range of ceremonies with participants using computers, cameras, cellular phones, and online platforms that both indulge and question the mediated experience in our lives.