In 2016, Pittsburgh lived a month of celebration of creative recycling, transformation and sustainability, inspired by Drap-Art, including an international exhibition of Drap-Art with more than 60 Catalan artists, some from the rest of Spain, Europe, North and South America and other parts of the world. , as main axis, located in a glass hall of more than 3000m2 in the PPG Place, built by the architect Philip Johnson.
Pittsburgh is a city of renewal, in which art, culture, education and R & D are the engines of change. The city’s commitment to the arts, combined with internationally recognized sustainability practices, is one of the reasons why the city is recognized as one of the best places in the world to visit and live.
Once a city full of smoke caused by the steel industry, with the skies darkened by soot at midday, Pittsburgh has become a post-industrial city reinvented, committed to sustainability, green construction, and a new urbanism. After a precipitous decline during the collapse of the American steel industry, creative citizens have redefined the city’s economy through technology, design and reuse. With the construction of one of the greenest skyscrapers in the world, the new tower at PNC Plaza, in the urban core, and the renewed commitment of government, business, philanthropic and non-profit organizations, Pittsburgh is in a privileged position to develop a new debate around what it means to recover, redefine and reinvent. It is in this spirit that a group of intersectoral civic leaders have collaborated to present the RE: NEW Festival, a month of celebration of creative recycling, transformation and sustainability throughout the city, from September 9 to October 9, 2016.
While Pittsburgh is experiencing a resurgence, this new collaborative festival showcases the city’s most advanced arts and culture, creative industries and sustainable technologies. A key pillar of the RE: NEW festival is the North American premiere of Drap-Art, the International Festival of Artistic Recycling of Catalonia, which is held annually in Barcelona. This international exhibition, which was curated by its founder and president, Tanja Grass, presided over the scenario of dynamic programming, including art exhibitions, both in conventional galleries and alternative urban spaces, public art, visits to recovered industrial sites, product markets of upcycling, cinema, performances and environmental trade exhibitions with the theme of the festival – creative recycling and transformation. The event was visited by cultural tourists, professionals from cultural industries, artists, collectors, students, schools, activists and residents of the region.
An intersectoral group of significant civic leaders in the city’s resurgence came together to offer the RE: NEW Festival as an expression of how the city has evolved: Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resource Council, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, VisitPITTSBURGH, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
It was the birth of an ongoing collaboration between the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Drap-Art. In 2017, with the support of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Drap-Art participated in the Dollar Bank Three River Arts Festival, organized by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with an exhibition of local artists and interventions in urban spaces by Francisco de Pájaro, aka Art Is Trash, from Barcelona, fostering the exchange between Catalan, Spanish and American artists, and their introduction into the international art scene. Drap-Art is currently preparing new projects for Pittsburgh and other places in the United States.