Allegheny Landing, in Pittsburgh, contains a nice little image of two figures seldom depicted in urban statuary: construction workers. In fact, the sculpture by George Danhires is called “The Builders.” Dedicated in 1984, as a tribute to two projects termed “renaissance,” it is forward-looking, catching a moment when the city, having said goodbye to its smokestack past, was a couple of years away from embarking on its revival. I snapped this shot a month ago when I was making an overnight visit to the city, and I had to photograph this, as it was so emblematic of the big plans that made this city.
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