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Sign of Light

light installation on top of a downtown building

In 1996, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust selected Robert Wilson and Richard Gluckman to develop a comprehensive series of public art projects in the Cultural District. Drawing upon Mr. Gluckman's architectural experience in designing art installations and Mr. Wilson's critically-acclaimed set, sound, lighting design, and performing arts production experience, their decision was to utilize light as a poetic medium, defining the Cultural District in space and time. The resulting Sign of Light is a 20 by 40 foot electronic sign that is composed of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that project a white triangle floating on a blue-gray background. Sign of Light is located atop Penn Avenue Place, facing the Allegheny River, and is visible from the North Side and PNC Park.