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freestanding, painted steel, relocated

Artwork Type

Permanent, Sculpture



Light Up

1971


Tony Smith



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Commissioning Entity Westinghouse Electric
Owner University of Pittsburgh
ADA Services The sculpture is located on the same level as the sidewalk and can be easily approached. You can pass through the arch that the sculpture creates.

Only by walking around and through this sculpture can you experience how the simple form is quite deceiving; the work reconfigures as one moves around the piece. Some of Smith's influences for his sculptures came from industrial landscapes and geometric patterns found in nature.  This is the artist's only full-scale sculpture painted yellow.

The artwork was originally commissioned by Westinghouse Electric and located in Downtown Pittsburgh. 

Light Up traveled to New York City to be a part of the exhibition "Tony Smith in the City" organized by the Public Art Fund in 1998.  It was placed in front of the reknown Seagram Building designed by Ludwig Meis van der Rohe.

Tony Smith (1912 - 1980) was born in New Jersey and called the state home throughout his life. A trained architect, Smith worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and had his own architectural practice for 20 years. He focused on creating art late in life after a car accident prevented him from continuing his architecture career.  He became known for his monumental geometric sculptures and gained prominence quickly for his minimalist work.