EXPAND THE SKYLINE: "Acupuncture"
The Mattress Factory lit "Acupuncture," a permanent public art installation created by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn on the roof of the museum, on Friday, June 17, 2016. The light sculpture has been nearly 10 years in the making, and its unique shape changes the skyline of the City of Pittsburgh.
"The Mattress Factory has long been one of Pittsburgh's leading, cutting-edge cultural institutions and this installation will make that even more clear throughout the city," Mayor William Peduto said. "I applaud the Mattress Factory, artist Hans Peter Kuhn and all those who have worked so hard on this project to bring another gem to the North Side."
"Acupuncture" was unveiled at the museum's 19th annual fundraiser, the Urban Garden Party, which provides crucial operating support for the organization, and is the museum's largest event each year. The Urban Garden Party was an official Pittsburgh Bicentennial Celebration Event. Mayor William Peduto served as Honorary Chair of the event, and Hans Peter Kuhn was in attendance.
Hans Peter Kuhn has a long history with the Mattress Factory. He first worked with the museum in 1986, creating a collaborative public sound performance with the artist Benôit Maubrey. In 1987, he returned to the Mattress Factory to perform "Jenseits von Reden" and "Fünf Hören (Hear Five)." In 2001, he created “Scanner," a site-specific installation for the Mattress Factory exhibition Visual Sound (Part II).
Made from LED light tubes, "Acupuncture" appears as long white lines of light. The "light sticks," as Kuhn calls them, appear to "pierce" through the top floor of the museum, coming out of the roof and the south-facing side of the Mattress Factory at 500 Sampsonia Way. The installation's size and configuration will make the piece visible from all angles, throughout the neighborhood and the city.
Under leadership from the Buhl Foundation’s One Northside project and the Offices of Mayor William Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Representative Dom Costa and Senator Wayne Fontana, this public work celebrates the inherent assets and potential of the people of the North Side and the City of Pittsburgh. In community meetings led by the Buhl Foundation, "Acupuncture" was chosen as a defining project to represent the community.
“One Northside has united 18 communities in an effort to improve the quality of life in the area,” said Buhl Foundation President Frederick W. Thieman. “Throughout our extensive community planning effort, residents made clear that they consider public art an important part of the Northside fabric. For that reason, Buhl is proud to support 'Acupuncture,' which is a wonderful symbol for the progress made in both the North Side and Pittsburgh.”
Generous support for "Acupuncture" is provided by the Allegheny County Community Infrastructure and Tourism Fund; an Anonymous Donor; The Buhl Foundation; A G Foundation; Children’s Museum Charm Bracelet Project; the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation; the Mattress Factory Board of Directors; People's Natural Gas; The David Bermant Foundation; CentiMark; CONSOL Energy, Inc; and the Schwab Charitable Fund.