Bird Brain
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tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE is a Mad Scientist / d-composer / Sound Thinker / Thought Collector. Whenever he has the energy he devotes himself to "undermining 'reality' maintenance traps"— which naturally made him an ideal contributor for Street With A View! Also a maker of costumes, tENT made an appearance in his Bird Brain persona.        

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Moving Day
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A new resident unloads a moving van in front of a house still adorned with a “for sale” sign. It’s a simple scene that could be captured coincidently on any street that Google documents, yet this time it was staged. Chris St. Pierre and Tyler Sutton contributed their aesthetic sensibilities and muscle to arranging and performing this moving day tableau.

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Parade Directors
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Outfitted authoritatively in “safety yellow” vests, these parade directors ushered the Google documentation car along the “parade route” and kept the street clear of other traffic during the shoot.

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Narrow Escape
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Torn bed sheets form a ladder and suggest a narrow escape, but who is escaping? And from what?

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Marching Band
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Headed by inspirational director Nancy Addy, the Langley High School Marching Band brought youthful energy and rousing instrumentation to Sampsonia Way. Small but mighty, the Langley High Band made the parade!

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Mattress Factory Fire Escape
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The Mattress Factory Museum was incredibly generous in offering space, neighborhood contacts and advice during the planning of Street With A View. Staff members Owen Smith, Lindsay O’Leary, and Jeffrey Inscho helped make the parade a 360-degree experience by filling the air with confetti during the shoot. 

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Parade Crowd
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Neighbors, friends, and curious passers-by gathered to line the street, cheer on the band and cast their exuberant attention on YOU. Take a walk down Sampsonia Way in Street View (after the images go live of course) and see what we mean…

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Mad Scientist Laboratory (Love Laser)
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Ian Charnas was the evil genius behind the creation of this scene. Others struck (or rejected) by his love laser include: Golan Levin, Ashley Brickman, Moxie Marlinspike, Mike O'Toole, Lisa Ramsey, Drew Ratcliff, and Nina Sarnelle. Garage/Laboratory provided courtesy of Tom Little.

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Garage Band
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Local musicians Danny Bracken, Daniel Burgun, Phil Johnson, and Phil Jacoby formed this four-piece outfit especially for Street With A View and staged their first rehearsal as an homage to the garage band. Their practice space was provided courtesy of Gregg Bell and Paul Portenlanger.

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Street View Marathon
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Runners from around the city formed a pack and took a jog down Sampsonia Way to create the impression of a marathon.

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Doug's Market
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The market at the corner of Sampsonia Way and Arch Street, currently Doug’s Market, has served Northside residents for generations and has traded hands between only three families in all that time. The old-school, hand-painted signage on Doug’s storefront inspired several meat-related tableaux, including an appearance by Doug himself.

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Ham
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Artist Michelle Fried donned her ham suit as proof to Doug’s claim—Meats here!

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Attention Chicken!
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Nicolas Lampert’s monumental chicken sculpture made its first interstate road trip for Street With A View. Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, the chicken has impressed and astounded many a Mid-Westerner. Now it’s also made its mark in Pittsburgh. 

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Fireman Way
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A few of Pittsburgh’s finest shared their time to good-heartedly enacted the old “firemen rescue cat from tree” scene on Fireman Way.

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Meta-Interventions
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Neighbors and passers-by noticed the commotion and got in on the action, devising their own, unplanned scenarios. By intervening in our intervention, these unrehearsed actors helped blur the line between reality and fiction even further!


 


Sword Fight
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Members Askarus and Twolf of the medieval battle society Angaron (Pittsburgh’s local chapter of Dagorhir Battle Games) engaged in swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat in a grassy “battle field” at the corner of Sampsonia Way and Federal Street.

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This project was supported by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund, the Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts Office of the Dean, Carnegie Mellon School of Art, and The Mattress Factory Museum

Official press release available here