Sculpture is British artist Angela Conner’s second at Heinz Hall
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) on Wednesday unveiled famed British sculptor Angela Conner’s newest work of art at the Garden Plaza at Heinz Hall.
The steel sculpture, titled Arpeggio, is a gift to the PSO and the city from the Drue Heinz Trust. ATI (Allegheny Technologies Incorporated) donated the stainless steel for the base of the sculpture.
Arpeggio was created by Conner, one of Britain’s best-known and most experienced sculptors. Conner’s main body of work centers on the creation of vast sculptures that harness natural forces, such as gravity, wind, water, sun and shadow, in a subtle and unique manner.
Arpeggio was conceived to create a sculptural echo to the work of the orchestra. Both are based on the successful collaboration of the ‘players,’” Conner said. “The sculpture has four units, each carefully balanced to produce the sound of outpouring water and graceful movement. The effect of the stately tipping shapes gives a feeling of tranquility.”
Drue Heinz originally saw Conner’s work at Gimpel-Fils in New York. In the 1970s, Drue and Jack Heinz commissioned Conner’s first sculpture using natural forces, which became a theme of her work.
In February 1978, Henry J. Heinz II, chairman of the Howard Heinz Endowment, announced the Endowment’s plans to finance the construction of the Heinz Hall Plaza, a garden adjacent to Heinz Hall, as well as a four-story addition to the Hall. The Garden Plaza opened on May 7, 1982. Conner designed the moving water sculpture, Quartet, which led to many other larger landscape works commissioned internationally.
Conner has created work for Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Charles, modern architects, Drue Heinz, playwright Tom Stoppard, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Ian and Anne Fleming’s Estate, Walter Annenberg and former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, Paul Mellon among many others. Her works can also be seen at numerous venues worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Shakespeare Museum in Stratford-upon-Avon, London Library, Musée de l-Armée in Paris, National Portrait Gallery in London, and 10 Downing St.
The sculpture, Arpeggio, was built in the U.K. and transported to Pittsburgh by sea. It arrived at Heinz Hall on March 30 and was reassembled at the Garden Plaza. The piece was fabricated for Conner at Bishop and Smith Stainless Fabrication Ltd. in Hereford, England. Bishop and Smith made at least one other Conner sculpture that was the inspiration for this one.
The Heinz Hall Garden Plaza will be open to the public throughout the summer on weekdays, starting next week.