Pittsburgh's Coal History Comes to Life in Mosaic Art at the Ruins Project
Join fellow Harvard alums and guests for a private tour of the “Ruins Project” on June 24th. The Ruins Project is a long-term collaborative mosaic art installation amidst the ruins of a former coal mine in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Located on the Great Allegheny Passage, this outdoor mosaic museum attracts artists, students, and travelers from all over the world. The walls and rooms of The Ruins represent the rebirth of abandoned American coal country into a spiritual and artistic pilgrimage and destination for adventure seekers and lovers of art and history. Rachel Sager, the artist, digs deep into the earth to illuminate a world that has been left behind. She forages, washes, and cuts native stone, transforming it from raw geology into contemporary mosaic that elevates the human spirit. The rivers, creeks and fields have become a part of her studio as she chooses to skip the middleman and connect directly with the earth beneath her feet. Have a look at the art which is shown in this article about the Ruins Project.
The Ruins Project is located at Sager Mosaics located at 549 River Road in Perryopolis which is 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh using Route 51. Parking is available at the site. Or, if you are so inclined, you can bicycle to the Ruins Project, which is at marker 104 on the Great Allegheny Passage, from a nearby trailhead (one is Cedar Creek Park, 6 miles away). The tour will commence at 2:00pm and will last about an hour or so. The studio will be open and will offer mosaic artwork for sale as well as a couple light refreshments including beverages and Leona's artisanal ice cream bars. The cost of the event is $10 per attendee which will go towards offsetting the cost of the private tour. More detailed information will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event.