Market Square Public Art Program

Projects are commissioned through the City of Pittsburgh’s Market Square Public Art Program by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.  

The 2016 project is by Allard Van Hoorn.  Learn about past installations in the About the Artwork section above.

 

 

 

Congregation by KMA - Kit Monkman & Tom Wexler
February 21 - March 16, 2014

Congregation is an interactive kinetic video and sound installation designed and choreographed for pedestrian performers, created by UK-based media artists KMA – Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler.  

Congregation transformed Market Square into an interactive stage.  10,000 people participated in the artwork.  The audience became performers, exploring the environment as the installation responded to their movements. By transforming public spaces into temporary theatrical arenas, Congregation explored the seemingly innate human need to participate in - and draw meaning from - ritual gatherings. The music for Congregation is by the contemporary composer, Peter Broderick.

The artwork was originally commissioned by SCAN in partnership with The British Council.  The Market Square installation marked the project’s North American debut, and was the inaugural project of the Market Square Public Art Program, presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the City of Pittsburgh, with production support by the Office of Public Art and Flyspace Productions.

Want to see images from Congregation in Market Square?   Visit our dedicated Flickr site!

“Pittsburgh’s reaction to Congregation reflects the warmth, open-mindedness and adventurous spirit that we have found characteristic of the people we met in the city.” -Kit Monkman

Kit Monkman's open letter to Pittsburgh

Congregation in the news:

Pittsburgh City Paper, March 5, 2014 by Nadine Wasserman
Technology is a uniter in a new interactive art installation in Market Square

The AP Collection, March 2, 2014, by Genevieve Barbee
KMA Brings Congregation to Pittsburgh

KDKA, February 25, 2014
Artists Bring Interactive Exhibit to Market Square

Pittsburgh Mommy Blog, February 25, 2014, by Nadine Champsi
New PGH Family Fun: Congregation in Market Square

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 22, 2014, by Diana Nelson Jones
Interactive light art show 'Congregation' opens at Market Square

KDKA, February 21, 2014
Unique Traveling Light Show Makes Pittsburgh Its First North American Stop

Pittsburgh Magazine, February 21, 2014
Market Square to Turn Into Magical Wonderland Tonight

WESA 90.5 FM, January 30, 2014, by Michael Lynch
Congregation to Light Up Market Square

Pittsburgh City Paper 'Blogh, January 31, 2014, by Bill O'Driscoll
New Interactive Art Coming to Market Square

Pop City Media, February 12, 2014
Market Square will debut public art program next week

The Globe, February 4, 2014, by Katie Castelli
Peduto projects popularity of Market Square public art

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