Image courtesy of Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial website

On Friday, December 6, there will be a dedication ceremony for the new Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial, located at the North Shore Riverfront Park. The memorial was designed to bring the past into the present by juxtaposing glass walls engraved with WWII-era photographs of local images (as well battlefield images) with a view of Pittsburgh’s transformed, modern skyline. These panels are mounted between steel spires and granite tablets:

The 24 granite panels will provide quotations, brief essays and stories dealing with the conflict. Those quoted on the panels include historian David McCullough, a Pittsburgh native, and Frank E. Bolden, a war correspondent and longtime reporter for the Pittsburgh Courier.

The City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, working with local Veterans organizations, formed the WWII Memorial organization and raised $4 million for the memorial (they are currently still short $20,000 and donations can be made at the website). The memorial was designed by artist Larry Kirkland and architect Todd Johnson of the Design Workshop and earned the approval of the SEA, Riverlife, and the Art Commission. The ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public.

The day before the dedication ceremony, you can attend a free lecture by Larry Kirkland hosted by The Office of Public Art. Kirkland will delve into the design process for this memorial as well as for his other public art pieces. You can see his arresting work at his website here. Kirland’s public art includes installations at the American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington D.C., the World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. While the lecture is free, you do need to register to attend.

Artist Lecture: Larry Kirland
When: Thursday, December 05, 2013, 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Where: Carnegie Science Center, Science Theater, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial Dedication Ceremony
When: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 10:00AM
Where: The banks of North Shore Riverfront Park on a portion of the Great Lawn called the Bosque


Image courtesy of Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial website