At first glance, Pittsburgh may appear to be a city of the past, filled with antiquated industries and timeworn traditions. However, after further examination, I have learned that Pittsburgh is a city of the present. Pittsburgh has been able to remain a modern city due to the resilience of its inhabitants. Despite large shifts in the economy, the people of Pittsburgh have constantly adapted to change and have ultimately kept Pittsburgh a city of the present. Pittsburgh, “a great but often overlooked city”, is filled with unique people, architecture, and social, cultural, and academic venues (Toker 1-49). Due to Pittsburgh’s ideal location, the city witnessed unprecedented growth in industry. At one point, Pittsburgh supplied the United States with half of its glass and iron and a large portion of its oil (Toker 11). With this large increase in industry, the inhabitants of Pittsburgh also witnessed exponential growth in pollution and numbers of factories. To alleviate this, the architects of Pittsburgh focused on beautification projects to reform the abuses that industry growth had created. Several of Pittsburgh’s unique cultural venues originated from the extensive beautification projects seen in the early 1900s. Of the many additions, some of the most unique and notable are Andrew Carnegie’s museum, library, and music hall. These buildings are still used and enjoyed by people today. Along with Carnegie’s additions, Pittsburgh continued to see the growth in beautification projects for the next twenty years. These projects lead to the creation of two universities and a plethora of public halls and churches (Toker 18). Some of Pittsburgh’s finest and most unique architecture can be seen in the public halls and churches, particularly Heinz Memorial Chapel. Standing two hundred fifty three feet tall, the Heinz Chapel embodies some of the best and most sophisticated architecture and artwork (Toker 328). Inside the chapel, one can find stone and woodcarvings along with an intricate Gothic stained glass design that would have pleased H.J. Heinz himself. The glass design, created by Charles Connick, consisted of roughly a quarter million individual stained glass pieces (Toker 330). The Heinz Memorial Chapel is also unique in the fact that it is a nondenominational church. This allows everyone, regardless of religion, to enjoy the splendor of this chapel (Toker 328-330). Pittsburgh is unique in its social, cultural, and academic venues as well. Just in Oakland alone, there are three major universities and twelve world-renowned hospitals. Accompanying the universities are thousands of young students. Further contributing to the unique college town feel is the addition of a…
Azreil Rahman’s Self Portrait
I have never been called beautiful externally. Since birth, I have often channeled my self-esteem with the judgements of the world around me. Being beautiful was the only thing I wanted to be because of television, magazines, music, internet, and everyday society had effect me. Looking in the mirror and not being satisfied with who I am was me. The girl who listened to old music from centuries ago,…
College Reading and Writing
18 October 2013
I see an open field full of lost souls looking and searching for a safety zone, not knowing what the world has for them next. They are asking questions and looking for answers, yet no answers have come. They do not know who to look for when they are in a time of need. Who will save them and be their rescuer? God says in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing…
“The Pittsburgh Steelers”
America is full of football fans, but being a Steelers fan is something special. No team means more to the city it represents. I grew up being a Steeler’s fan, and I would never change that. Been there in the good times, stayed in the bad times, and keep going on.
I first became a fan when I watched a game several years ago. Myron Cope created the Terrible Towel to excite the fans for a 1975 playoff football game against the Baltimore Colts. The Terrible Towel…
Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is a 61.25 x 47cm, oil on canvas painting drawn in 1940 by a Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo de Rivera. She was born on July 6, 1907, in her home known as the Blue House. The pain she received after the bus accident on September 17, 1925 often let her confined to hospital bed for months at a time. She married the painter Diego Rivera in 1929 and divorced 10 years later. Self Portrait in the Studio is a 200.5 x 259cm, oil, collage and hair on canvas…
Ms. Roberts AP Government
27 August 2014A Portrait of Me
I’m a centrist, however I lean more towards the liberal side. Based on my age, I am considered to more liberal than conservative. The young voters ages 18-29 are less likely to vote because they simply do not have the money nor the time to vote; although with me being seventeen and a few more months away from eighteen, I would probably vote. I believe we as the young voters tend to not vote because we are not on a level of…
Jennifer Finlay – Feature writing assessment
Five snapshots of Illawarra artists and their surrounds
The world concerns me only in so far as I feel a certain indebtedness and duty toward it because I have walked this earth for thirty years, and, out of gratitude, want to leave some souvenir in the shape of drawings or pictures – not made to please a certain taste in art, but to express a sincere human feeling.
Vincent Van Gogh 1
Shelf packer, Woolworth’s Wollongong…
HOW DO ARTISTS CONVEY THE PERSONALITY AND SPIRIT OF A PERSON IN A PORTRAIT
What is the definition on personality and spirit?
The term portraits or self-portrait is an artist’s depiction, which is self- valued or from their own perspective of their style creating an artwork that displays subjective values that are usually personal. The personality can be seen visually from having a detailed observation of the artist’s choice of colour, the material that is worked on, the material used, and…
On October 29, 2012 Melanie Harrington— Director of Vibrant Pittsburgh—came to speak to our class on what her company does to increase the Pittsburgh economy and manage diversity within different organizations in the area. The introduction of the lecture with the story with the giraffe and the elephant was pure genius. I think it was a good idea to tie what we are learning into a simple story that can be understood and then later on applied to real-life situations. A great point that Melanie made…
Learning Project 1, Part 4-6
LP1, Part 4: What are others' experiences of me when I am my best?
Phase 1: Creating the Reflected Best-Self Portrait
When I am at best, I help people. I motivate myself and feel motivated when I get to help others. Whether it’s a stranger, colleague, friends, or family, I feel my passion in assisting those in need. As long as it’s within my capability and moral belief that what people ask for help is ethical and legal, I give them my attention…