On Wed, Oct 19, 2011, Pop City Media featured a story about the South Side Sculpture Project, saying:
This fall, Pittsburgh may enjoy the fruits of an artwork fourteen years in the making. The Industrial Arts Co-op has created a formidable public sculpture to commemorate the laborers of steel. Commissioned by the city of Pittsburgh in 1997, the piece features two steelworkers towering over a hot metal ladle; the scale references the oversized grandeur of the steel mills while decidedly placing emphasis on people over machines.
The I-beams and ladles aren’t the only things the IAC has borrowed from the city’s industrial past. Pittsburgh’s promising present of flourishing non-profits is made possible in no small part by local industrial fortunes turned into grant monies. Foundation support for the Southside Works Sculpture Project has been substantial, including contributions from the Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, and a Pittsburgh 250 Community Connections Award.
The South Side Sculpture Project received $50,000 from The Sprout Fund in 2008 to facilitate production and site placement. We are thrilled this sculpture will soon rise to life on Pittsburgh’s south side, as a testament to our region’s past and a symbol of our region’s most precious asset: its people.