For more than 15 years, the massive deer sculpture at the defunct Carrie Furnaces has stood as a testament to Pittsburgh’s independent arts scene of the 1990s. The project of seven artists that would spend their weekends sneaking into the old blast furnace property to salvage and shape scrap metal, the Carrie Deer is now part of Rankin, PA’s cultural rejuvenation. In August of 2012, The Sprout Fund awarded a grant to local filmmaker Sharon Brown to capture the story of the Carrie Deer and its artists, and finally, two years later, the project is coming home.
On Saturday, August 16th as part of a campaign to raise money to rehabilitate the sculpture, The Carrie Deer will be shown to the public for the first time at the Carrie Deer site itself. The documentary explores the ideas of friendship and collaboration, process and experimentation, and a sense of place and history that is so important to the massive sculpture’s very creation. It is an inspiring piece of filmmaking about a now-iconic work of art that desperately needs a little TLC to keep it alive for another 15 years.
Attend the special screening and take in a whole lot more, with performances from The Beagle Brothers and The Pillow Project, bites and brews from Kevin Sousa’s new Superior Motors, Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe and The Brew Gentleman, and VIP tours of the furnace site. Oh, and did we mention that the event is co-hosted by actor David Conrad and Pittsburgh treasure Rick Seback? Enjoy it all on Saturday, August 16th and do your part to help save the Carrie Deer!