Pittsburgh’s development from a historic steel city to a city known for its art, history and culture, as well as industry, takes a significant step on Tuesday.
Around 15 local art and cultural institutions work with Google to create an online presence on Google’s art and culture platform. The app at g.co/explorepittsburgh was created as a sort of one-stop shop for cultural shopping and is home to a wide range of art businesses.
These include exhibits at the Carnegie Museum, contemporary glassmaking with the Pittsburgh Glass Center, manufacturing history with the Senator John Heinz History Center, and baseball archives at the Clemente Museum.
“The city of Pittsburgh has always been celebrated for our rich culture, rooted in history, art, sports, music, theater, natural splendor, writing, architecture, food, entertainment and our hard-working traditions,” said Mayor Bill Peduto. “Now this proud and powerful culture is being shared with people all over the world on Google Arts & Culture and we hope it will inspire many to visit our city.”
Pittsburgh is the first city in the Northeast and the fifth in the US to be listed on Google Arts & Culture. The others are Kansas City, Milwaukee, Charlotte, and Atlanta. The European cultural centers on the platform include Milan and Naples, Italy, Lyon, France and Hamburg, Germany.
“Pittsburghers have long known that our proud manufacturing history is only half the story, the other half is our rich cultural heritage that has seen multiple renaissance,” said US Representative Mike Doyle, D-Forest Hills. “Now, through Google Arts & Culture, the world can see Pittsburgh’s thriving culture, powered by the many libraries, universities, and art museums that proudly call Pittsburgh home.”
On the platform, people can take 360 virtual tours of the mattress factory, Clemente Museum, Carlow University, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and WYEP radio and see life in the 20th centuryNS Century through the archives of legendary photographer Teenie Harris at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Find out more about the manufacturing history of Pittsburgh, from steel workers to mines and foundries, at the Senator John Heinz History Center.
“We are proud to bring Pittsburgh’s thriving arts, community and cultural heritage online to the world on Google Arts & Culture,” said Todd Underwood, senior director of engineering and Google Pittsburgh Site Lead. “Pittsburgh is a pioneer in American culture – from manufacturing to contemporary art – and thanks to our 15 local partners, everyone can now experience the sights and sounds that make it unique.”
Google has had an office in Pittsburgh since 2005 in an old Nabisco factory with more than 800 employees.
Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]