Thursday, November 24, 2011

A pop up tour

Project Pop Up had a soft launch of several spaces during Pittsburgh's Light Up celebration on November 18. I took a little time on Saturday to tour the spaces, which are all in different stages of readiness. It appears that the Pop Ups cover a lot of ground, from retail to art projects.

Awesome Books

I was not able to get into most of the locations, but did make it a point to get at least outdoors images. There is a map available for download, along with a brief description of each of the projects. Below are links to each of the projects, along with address and some descriptions.

The Sweet Lounge
They are billing themselves as a "sober bar" on their website, which is under heavy construction. I got an outdoors shot, but the lounge won't be open until mid December. The pictures on the site look scrumptious.
901 Penn Ave.

Robot Repairs
Falling under the category of art project, the Robot Repairs shop is an installation work by artist Toby Atticus Fraley. You can read more about it on the project's website. There are no open hours, what you see is what you get.
210 Sixth St.

Burgheoisie (Listed as Steel Town Craft Co-Lab)
There are several Artist/Designer/Crafter represented at Burgheoisie, with home and personal accessories in abundance. By Suz hats and accessories, beautiful ceramic wares by Robyn's Nest Pottery, and crafty adornments by Spyral Eyed Studios and Dollz-n-Skullz are sharing the space.
208 Sixth St.

Summer Sky Eternal
The idea of perpetual summer is rather nice. I gather that this project will be offering respite from Pittsburgh's gloomy weather. It wasn't up and running when I went by the space.
604 Liberty Ave.

Society for the Advancement of Miniature Curiosa
Aside from the map's description, I can't find a single thing on the intertubes about this project. From the map: "A gallery, toy theater parlor, performance space, & workshop that seeks to spark the resurgence of curiosity and wonderment in Downtown Pittsburgh."
929 Liberty Ave.
2nd Floor

Awesome Books
Awesome Books, headquartered in Garfield, has taken over a space on Liberty Avenue. Bob Ziller was there, greeting the curious, on Saturday. He has a lot of plans for his space. His selection includes small and independent press, collectibles, and memorabilia. Watch for readings and other special events.
929 Liberty Ave.
1st Floor

As with the Society for the Advancement of Miniature Curiosa, the only thing I can find on this project is the description from the map, although it appears that the monitor display is pretty much the project. From the map: "A photographic installation comprised of morphing photographic portraiture, analog televisions, and a wall of personalities and identities, representing the importance of community."
422 Wood St.

The Pop Up projects is evenly divided into retail and installation concepts. I've included a slideshow of the spaces, each carefully captioned. Enjoy! You can read more about the Pop Up project on their site and blog.

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