Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 emerging artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Furnace National Historic Landmark.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop

A special thanks to Ron Baraff for inviting Chris and I along on a visit to the W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing, PA. The site was closed in 1966 but still retains all of its original equipment and overhead leather drive belts. Thank you George Blystone for showing us around.

Don't miss your opportunity to visit this gem! On Saturday, April 19th the Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmiths Association and Appalachian Blacksmith Association will offer blacksmiths demonstrations. George Blystone will provide tours of the foundry and belt drive machinery. The site opens at 9:00 and admission is free.

W. A. Young Foundry is located on Water Street in Rices Landing, PA 15357

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Thanks to Alex Oliver and the UNLISTED: Second Steel project for such a great interview!  UNLISTED is a site-specific performance series that moves from city to city.  This September they will present live performances in various parts of Pittsburgh on September 25-28th.  For more information about Unlisted and their interview with Alloy Pittsburgh visit the link below.  Thanks Alex!!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rethinking the Carrie...

Many debates on the value of places like the Carrie Furnaces have surfaced in recent years. Are they becoming irrelevant to our contemporary times? Do they serve as a monument to our local and national history? Can they be rethought and reused in a new way?

Carrie Furnaces, Rankin, PA

Photographer and landscape architect Rick Darke suggests that monuments like the Carrie are not separate from the nature spouting throughout it, but rather it is part of nature. He reminds us that we, as humans, are in fact part of nature and our built landscape is as much a part of nature as any anthill or beaver dam. Our ability to manufacture synthetics and construct vast steel empires is within our specific skill set, and plays a part in our global ecologies. 

Reading Viaduct, Philadelphia, PA

Darke suggests approaching the Carrie with subtlety. He reflects on places such as the High Line Park in New York City, and the Reading Viaduct in Philadelphia. 

High Line Park, NYC

High Line Park, NYC

Darke holds wild gardens such as these, where plants are left to reclaim the space without human planning, in high reverence. Here, as observers, we can watch the wild, local ecology reclaim our landscape in a unique way. 

In Germany, the Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord has reinvented an industrial setting reminiscent of the Carrie.

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

"At the center stands a disused ironworks whose old industrial facilities have today been put to a wide variety of uses. The huge buildings of the former ironworks have been equipped to cater for cultural and corporate functions; in an old gasometer Europe’s biggest man-made diving center has been created; alpine climbing gardens have been created in ore storage bunkers; in a former casting house a high ropes course has been set up; and an extinguished blast furnace has been modified to provide a viewing tower.
Entry to the Landscape Park is free."
 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

 Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany

learn more about Landschaftspark, Duisburg-Nord, Germany at:

After looking through some of the ways other industrial centers are reinventing and redefining their landscapes, and imagining merging our astounding past with contemporary arts and entertainment, it seems the possibilities are endless. 

What's your take on the Carrie Furnaces? How would you like to see them used? Education? Art? Entertainment? Wild Garden? Or something completely different?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Carrie Furnaces: Contemporary Views

                                                                                   Ryan Keene

Silver Eye Center for Photography is hosting a photography exhibition on the Carrie Furnaces. The show opens this Friday, August 2nd. Ron Baraff will discuss the exhibition and history of the Carrie Furnaces at Silver Eye on Thursday, August 22nd. More information can be found at Silver Eye Center for Photography.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mark your calendars for these exciting events at SCC.  Sean and Chris will present the ALLOY Pittsburgh project on August 25th from 11am-1pm.  

Hope to see you there!