Uptown Rhythm

Submitted by James Simon


Client: Duquesne University and Uptown Partners

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Completion date: 2006

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team


james simon


jeanne mcnutt

uptown partners of pittsburgh


A 25-foot tall relief sculptures is the featured artwork in Duquesne University’s new multi-million dollar development. This artwork, a day-in-a-life scene, celebrates the university and the neighborhood . The colorful composition includes sports, music, animals, and street life. At Duquesne University on Forbes Avenue -a main drag into Downtown Pittsburgh.


The project created an art space and brought imaginative public art related to the life of the neighborhood and the school to the neighborhood-creating a bridge through art from the university to the community and vise-a versa.


I worked with both the community organization, as well as the university, to design compositions relatable and relevant to both entities.