Listen to the South Side


Listen to the South Side is a PublicArtPittsburgh, a project initiated by the City of Pittsburgh to link artists with neighborhood organizations to create community-based artworks. Working with the South Side Local Development Corporation, our intention was to celebrate the community at its entryways, exposing its rich history and residents. The question was, how to involve the residents? The solution was to literally give the residents a voice, broadcasting their voices on the airwaves.
A strategy evolved to interview a broad spectrum of people who live and work in the neighborhood, supplement their oral histories with factoids about South Side history, then broadcast it 24/7 from the Carnegie Library, South Side Branch with a small radio transmitter. Street signage invites listeners to tune into 102.9 FM and Listen to the South Side.

Selections from Listen to the South Side Radio Broadcast:

Paul, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Adriene, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Brian, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Paul Z, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Sean, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Leroy, Lee’s Coffee Shop

Freddie, South Side Deli

Jane, Tuscany Café

Gary, Lava Lounge

Matt, Lava Lounge

Damon & Sabrina, home

Michael, Angry Moon Tatoo

Mike, Angry Moon Tatoo

Cara, Starbucks

Traci, Mike & Tony’s

Jaime, street

Jay, Club Café

Owners of Eljay’s

Mark, cigar store

Steven, street

Helen, Mike & Tony’s

Rob, Brew House

Marty, Schwartz’s Market

Sean, Jester’s Court Tatoo

Sara, Beehive

Other Projects

Public Art

  1. Living Waters of Larimer, 2012-2016
  2. Permaculture Orchard, 2011
  3. One Mile Garden, 2008—present
  4. WeGrow, 2004-2006
  5. Listen to the South Side, 2000-2004
  6. Nine Mile Run Greenway Project, 1996-2000
  7. Urban Semi-Wilderness Area, 1994-1998
  8. Barletta’s News, 1994
  9. Commemorative Monument to Native Americans, 1993
  10. Water Rites: A Domestic Arrangement, 1991
  11. Monument to the Fall of the Television Evangelists, 1988


  1. Still Life #9
  2. The NEW R5 Travel Agency, 2008
  3. Following in My Father’s Footsteps, 2003
  4. An Island For 2 Axe Heads, A String..., 1996
  5. Eco-Mobile Home/Office Entertainment System, 1993
  6. The Persian Gulf Bowl, 1992
  7. As We Turn with the World, 1991
  8. It’s Always Greener on the Greener side, OR..., 1990
  9. The Pantheozone: Temple To The Ozone, 1989


  1. Google Earth Camouflage, A Revision Request, An Ecoart..., 2008
  2. One Tree EcoArt Proposal, 2007
  3. Greening the Andy Warhol Museum: It’s for the..., 2007
  4. 3 Sisters Garden, 2003
  5. Ecotone: A Public Art Proposal for the David..., 2002
  6. Greening Purnell: Site-Specific Sculpture Proposal to Integrate Nature..., 2000