Testing It Out

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Ok, so it’s coming together for the final stages!  Installation day is, fingers crossed, going to be tomorrow!  Big things are happening to Millvale this week and this is part of it.

Quick little overview for our readers:  We are creating an eco moss mural that will be installed in Millvale.  Our base is made out of steel which you see in all the photos.  The big plates are all put together to make up what looks like the Millvale skyline.  Then, we have some letters that go on top of that (see where those little round rod guys are sticking out of the sheet metal?).  Those letters will be totally covered in moss and spell out the word “imagine.”  Cool, right?

So much has been happening that it’s hard to keep up!  Joanna has been working furiously to get everyone going and moving.  Brian took a little break from setting up the library to help out with hanging our template on the wall of the site.  What a brave guy, hanging out the window for our sake.  We also had Paolo Piscitelli on board for the day and let me just say, he was the biggest help anyone could every ask for.  The guy knows how to make sculptures and think about those details that get lost in the chaos.  He is a part time professor at Pitt and makes some pretty awesome sculptures, too.  Our teen helpers who are also Millvale residents have been there each step of the way: Ashley and Brandon have probably learned more in the past few months than most college students learn in four years.

I helped out with template building a couple of days with Joanna.  Papercutting is my thing, but cutting out pieces of foam that are taller than you is a whole other story… But those boys at Red Star really helped out with last minute metalwork that we asked them for.  After all of that was done, all that was left was the painting of the piece.  Stay tuned for more pictures!

So remember: Installation day of the mural is TOMORROW, August 13, 2012.  But the grand opening of the library is on August 18!  So come on down if you can and meet the team!

– Gianna

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