“Larimer Stories” by John Peña in collaboration with The Larimer Consensus Group and The Larimer Senior Group with sponsorship by the Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program of Neighborhood Allies and Office of Public Art.

A photo of The Larimer Senior Group in front of the installed display structure. (Spring 2018)

A photo of The Larimer Senior Group in front of the installed display structure. (Spring 2018)

In 2016, The Larimer Consensus Group and artist John Peña began working to create a community-engaged public art project in the Larimer neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA. Peña spent the first phase of the project interviewing and recording personal stories from long-term residents. He began with one-on-one interviews, then moved to group interviews/workshops in which the group collectively built an informal history of the neighborhood.

The Larimer Senior Group discussing the project during a monthly senior luncheon.

The Larimer Senior Group discussing the project during a monthly senior luncheon.

Peña and The Senior Group with the help of Donna Jackson began meeting regularly to select compelling quotes from the interviews that communicated a history of the neighborhood as told through the experiences of the residents. The Senior Group and Peña then designed a prototype and hired a fabricator to make a metal display structure that would present these narratives to the neighborhood.

Members of The Larimer Senior Group and artist John Peña stand in front of their prototype.

Members of The Larimer Senior Group and artist John Peña stand in front of their prototype.

The group hired the design/build firm Standard and Custom to fabricate the final display structure which is currently installed at The EECO Center (200 Larimer Ave).

Below are photos from Senior planning, preparation and opening reception.