This week, Detroit artist Ann Lewis completed work on the mural Same, Same but Different, located near the long-term parking lot at Pittsburgh International. Made of runway-grade thermoplastic, the work is nearly 500 feet long — and will serve an important purpose.
“The idea was to create a pedestrian way-finding mural with subconscious visual cues that lets you know this is a safe space for people to be in,” said Rachel Saul Rearick, arts and culture manager at PIT. “It doesn’t necessarily have any signage that reads, ‘Hey, go here.’ But it does have a message hidden within the design. We aren’t releasing the message just yet, but rather asking travelers and passengers to see if they can find it on their own.”
The way-finding mural is but one example of art at PIT. Visitors and travelers at the airport also can see work from local and regional artists in the various display cases located on the Transit and Ticketing levels in the Landside terminal and in Concourse C in the Airside terminal as part of the Art in the Airport program. Art in the display cases changes each quarter.