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Cowpers (BW)

Carrie Furnace, near Pittsburgh, PA embodies themes of ingenuity, abandonment and reinvention.  Pittsburgh, PA was one…

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Cowpers (BW)

Category Large / Medium / Print Sizes / Small / Steel/Iron Furnaces
Date September 21, 2019

Carrie Furnace, near Pittsburgh, PA embodies themes of ingenuity, abandonment and reinvention.  Pittsburgh, PA was one of the largest steel producing cities in the world during the heyday of American steel.  Carrie Furnace was a part of Homestead Steel Works which produced 60% of all the steel in the United States in 1910.  Carrie Furnace smelted iron, which was then sent across the Monongahela River over a “hot metal bridge” to neighboring Homestead, PA where it was made into steel.   Carrie helped build some of the most iconic structures of American culture: The Golden Gate Bridge, USS Missouri, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center and the Chrysler Building.  Carrie Furnace has been a haven for graffiti artists and guerilla sculptors since its abandonment.  Now owned by the nonprofit Rivers of Steel, it embraces the local art community by bringing the arts to Carrie by creating a relationship that pairs art and history.

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