Bakery Square Seeks Artists for Project in Larimer

Bakery Square Seeks Artists for Project in Larimer

Walnut Capital is seeking an artist or a team of creative people to make a temporary artwork to animate the front of a newly expanded building at its Bakery Square development.

The deadline is Monday for local artists to apply. Digitally projected art, murals or sculpture are all options, said Morton Brown, an art consultant for Walnut Capital, developer of Bakery Square. The artwork will be integrated into two exterior panels.

“It’s a temporary art piece. What that means is the artist is responsible for moving it and relocating after six to 12 months. But the artist owns the work. That’s a good benefit,” Mr. Brown said.

The 12,400-square-foot building at 6425 Penn Ave., Larimer, formerly housed Social, a sports bar and restaurant. Construction began in January 2020 and the building is slated to open in June. 

The building will have a three-story, 3,200-square foot conservatory and a 6,000-square-foot restaurant incubator called Galley Bakery Square, similar to the food hall concept at Federal Galley on the North Side. Outside the building will be a 14,000-square-foot public  courtyard with seating, a large lawn and a small stage for live music and community events.

For artists who wish to apply, no formal proposal is required. Artists submit a cover letter, resume, website and portfolio of their work to:

The artist who is chosen will work with Walnut Capital, the Larimer Consensus Group and have a residency with students from Pittsburgh Public Schools Lincoln Elementary and The Urban Academy of Greater Pittsburgh. Local artists, especially Black and indigenous people of color, are encouraged to apply.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Marylynn Pitz