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LightPlay at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

By September 1, 2020December 13th, 2021Press Room

Rivers of Steel presents LightPLAY—a light-based exhibition at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Homestead, PA (September 1, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is excited to present LightPlay, an evening, light-based experience at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Showcasing eleven unique multimedia installations created by a diverse group of local artists and engineers, LightPlay will be on display at the Carrie Blast Furnaces during select evenings from September 10 through October 1.

LightPlay features a range of video projection and light-based installations that engage with the site’s intricate structural characteristics, cavernous pathways, and unique industrial aesthetic. This one-of-a-kind experience includes immersive light and sound installations, digital video artworks, and illuminated sculptures that transform the former blast furnace into a sensorial maze.

Danny Bracken, Ian Brill, Aaron Henderson, Ryder Henry, Lori Hepner, Ricardo Iamuuri, Shohei Katayama, Todd Keebs, Julie Mallis, Projectile Objects, and Alisha Wormsley have contributed artworks to this exhibition.

LightPlay is unlike anything we have done at the Carrie Blast Furnaces to date,” said Chris McGinnis, director of arts for Rivers of Steel. “We really wanted to try something new and exciting that would offer a COVID-safe viewer experience while highlighting the site in a different way.  Opening the site up for evening exploration provided just this type of opportunity. Visitors to LightPlay can expect a well curated evening complete with light art and video installations that feed off the site’s textures and introduce new locations at the Carrie Blast Furnaces—places never before open to the public!”

A project of Rivers of Steel Arts, LightPlay is made possible through the generous support of Eaton Corporation.

Tickets are $9 / person. Tickets for this special exhibition are timed to help to maintain adequate social distancing throughout the evening.

For more tickets and more information, click here or contact Chris McGinnis, director of arts, at

About Rivers of Steel
Founded on the principles of heritage development, community partnership, and a reverence for the region’s natural and shared resources, Rivers of Steel strengthens the economic and cultural fabric of western Pennsylvania by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of our region’s industrial and cultural heritage through its historical and 21st-century attractions―offering unique experiences via tours, workshops, exhibitions, festivals, and more. Behind the scenes, Rivers of Steel supports economic revitalization—working at the grassroots level to deepen community partnerships, promote heritage tourism, and preserve local recreational and cultural resources for future generations.

About Rivers of Steel Arts

Rivers of Steel Arts celebrates creative inquiry by crafting opportunities to interpret the region’s past, reimagine its future, and explore a sense of place. Through exhibitions, festivals, workshops, tours, and happenings, Rivers of Steel Arts helps individuals connect with their communities in meaningful ways.

About the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Once part of legendary U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the Carrie Blast Furnaces are a vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry. In 2006, Blast Furnaces #6 & #7 were declared a National Historic Landmark. Today, visitors to the site can connect with the region’s industrial and cultural past through a myriad of public tours and programs offered by Rivers of Steel.


Contact Carly McCoy at 412.464.4020, ext. 243 or by emailing
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