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Mattress Factory Commissions Artist Hans Peter Kuhn to Install Sculpture on Roof
Acupuncture by Hans Peter Kuhn. A permanent light installation for the roof of the Mattress Factory. View from the South (Artist Rendering).

PITTSBURGH, PA.- The skyline of Pittsburgh has many visual icons. PPG Place, the Gulf Tower and the Duquesne Incline, to name a few, give the city an instantaneous identity, making it recognizable by visitors and native Pittsburghers alike. But soon, there will be an artistic and innovative addition to Pittsburgh’s cityscape.

The Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art known world-wide for its cutting-edge and innovative exhibitions, has commissioned Berlin-based artist Hans Peter Kuhn to install a lighted sculpture on the roof of its six story building on Pittsburgh’s Northside. The sculpture, titled Acupuncture, will be made utilizing six cold-cathode light bars (averaging 100 feet in length) that seemingly pierce through the building’s exterior walls and roof.

“We are naturally very excited about this project and we’re eager to make it a reality,” says Michael Olijnyk, Co-Director of the Mattress Factory. “When you think of cities like New York or Chicago or Paris, all of them have a memorable outdoor artwork that comes immediately to mind. It’s our hope that Hans Peter’s Acupuncture becomes a signature piece for the city of Pittsburgh.”

The roof-top sculpture is currently in the design & engineering phase. An innitial gift from an individual donor has gotten the project off and running, and fundraising efforts continue. Currently, there is no estimated date for completion, but the complete installation process will be documented and shared with the public on the museum’s website (

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