I’ve always loved this mural. I remember being struck by it when I first moved to Pittsburgh ten years ago.
But murals can be so anonymous, in a really bad way. I hate to admit this, but it wasn’t until recently that I learned the artist’s name, through a mutual friend, Amy Kerlin.
Scott Fertig is living in Washington DC now; too bad for Pittsburgh. This mural belies the notion of bland public art but remains accessible. Yes, it’s representational. But it doesn’t slip into ironic iconoclasm, instead providing a nicely phrased portrait that is highly individualized. The mural works wonderfully well in its setting.
To Scott Fertig, I would like to send a heartfelt thanks for providing me with a question and a focal point every time that I pass the site of this mural.
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