Breaking Ground

A site-specific, photo-phono exhibit at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, August 22 through 24, “Breaking Ground” examines the rapid expansion and abandonment of industrial boom and bust cycles that have become a recurrent phenomenon in American history.

Breaking Ground at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

A site-specific, photo-phono installation by Valery Lyman

August 22 – 24, 2019

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to present documentary artist Valery Lyman’s multimedia installation Breaking Ground at the Carrie Blast Furnaces for a three-night showing August 22nd through 24th.

Documentary artist Valery Lyman spent four years recording audio and taking photographs in the Bakken region of North Dakota (2013-2016), documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the major American migration that went along with it. Join us as she presents this documentary material to the public in multiple points of projection directly onto the raw industrial surfaces and machinery throughout the Carrie Blast Furnaces. This examination of  industrial boom and bust cycles explores how they defined our our national character and migrations, while also reflecting in Pittsburgh’s industrial heritage.

Breaking Ground has traveled across the country showcasing a series of site-specific photographic and sound installations. The Carrie Blast Furnaces will be the fifth location where Breaking Ground has been exhibited. Previous venues include the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Boston, MA; Living Arts of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK; Silo City in Buffalo, NY; and the Central Utilities Plant, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA. After its run at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Breaking Ground will travel to the Donovan Mill in Silver City, Nevada.

Tickets are $5 / person, or are free for members of any union. This is not a timed exhibit. Visitors are welcome to come and go at any time during the showing.

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Still image from the Breaking Ground Exhibition

Breaking Ground by Valery Lyman

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