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Pittsburgh in February 2012

In February 2012, I found myself having to travel to Pittsburgh, PA to attend an important meeting. It was strange to be back in Pennsylvania, just six or seven weeks after I had finished a two month stay at Penn State University in State College, but such is life. I had a load of intensive work that I needed to do, but I did manage find some free time to look around.

Specifically, I spent time at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, the Phipps Conservatory, and the Mattress Factory art gallery, in addition to wandering around downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, seeing art in the University of Pittsburgh, and driving to visit various malls and restaurants out in the suburbs.

Dinosaur skeletons in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh.
Dinosaur skeletons in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh.
In an old car on the Duquesne incline in Pittsburgh, PA.
In an old car on the Duquesne incline in Pittsburgh, PA.
Me in front of the Pittsburgh skyline at night.
Me in front of the Pittsburgh skyline at night.
Neon lights and spiral words in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Neon lights and spiral words in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Landfall near Atlantic City, while flying to Philadelphia.
Landfall near Atlantic City, while flying to Philadelphia.
The Cathedral of Learning, or Tower of Ignorance. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Cathedral of Learning, or Tower of Ignorance. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, PA..
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in Pittsburgh, PA.
Azurite and Malachite from Chile. In the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Azurite and Malachite from Chile. In the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
An interesting shiny rock in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in PA.
An interesting shiny rock in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, in PA.
Ever widening circles of shattered glass. In Pittsburgh, PA.
Ever widening circles of shattered glass. In Pittsburgh, PA.
The Duquesne incline in Pittsburgh. It was a lot darker than it looks.
The Duquesne incline in Pittsburgh. It was a lot darker than it looks.
A view of downtown Pittsburgh at night.
A view of downtown Pittsburgh at night.
Me working very hard in Pittsburgh, PA.
Me working very hard in Pittsburgh, PA.
A Song to Nature statue, by Victor David Brenner. Pittsburgh, PA.
A Song to Nature statue, by Victor David Brenner. Pittsburgh, PA.
Padlocks on some fencing. An art project by students at CMU in Pittsburgh.
Padlocks on some fencing. An art project by students at CMU in Pittsburgh.
Yellow glass sculpture. In the Chihuly exhibit at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Yellow glass sculpture. In the Chihuly exhibit at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Frabel Glass Art stick figures, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Fräbel Glass Art stick figures, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
A beckoning Frabel Glass Art stick figure, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
A beckoning Fräbel Glass Art stick figure, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Illuminated flowers at night, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA.
Illuminated flowers at night, in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA.
Me standing inside the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh.
Me standing inside the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh.
Illuminated glass bowls from the Chihuly exhibition, at Phipps Conservatory
Illuminated glass bowls from the Chihuly exhibition, at Phipps Conservatory
Superhero dinosaurs being attacked by police and firemen. Phipps, Pittsburgh
Superhero dinosaurs being attacked by police and firemen. Phipps, Pittsburgh
Chihully glass sculpture in the gardens at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Chihully glass sculpture in the gardens at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Me crouching in a cave-like area in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Me crouching in a cave-like area in the Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Spiky yellow glass sculpture from the Chihuly exhibition, Phipps Conservatory
Spiky yellow glass sculpture from the Chihuly exhibition, Phipps Conservatory
The Phipps Conservatory at night. In Pittsburgh, PA.
The Phipps Conservatory at night. In Pittsburgh, PA.
An illuminated and programmable fountain in Phipps Conservatory
An illuminated and programmable fountain in Phipps Conservatory
Another view of the programmable fountain, in Phipps Conservatory
Another view of the programmable fountain, in Phipps Conservatory
Deep in the garden at night. Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA.
Deep in the garden at night. Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA.
Hands holding loaves of bread. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.
Hands holding loaves of bread. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.
View of downtown Pittsburgh from the Mattress Factory.
View of downtown Pittsburgh from the Mattress Factory.
An art display made out of old books. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
An art display made out of old books. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
Me and Joanna, in the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
Me and Joanna, in the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
"It's all about ME, Not You" by Greer Lankton. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
"It's all about ME, Not You" by Greer Lankton. At the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh.
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