Honoring the Roots of Schenley Park Bringing the Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain back to life was another step in restoring the significant historic features of Schenley Park.
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Bringing the Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain back to life was another step in restoring the significant historic features of Schenley Park. The art of Victor Brenner’s “A Song to Nature” sculpture is highlighted by its setting, a simple, classic treatment that connects the fountain area to Schenley Plaza in a visual and functional fashion.
The Mary E. Schenley Memorial Fountain has re-emerged as a grand asset. Most notably, we owe this stunning impact to new nighttime illumination which makes this beautiful fountain a popular gathering spot for Pittsburghers.
Restoration of the fountain was necessary because of cracks, staining, plumbing failures, and missing sculptural elements. The granite was stained orange, and the bronze turtles were almost white from mineral deposits. The fountain needed to be restored in order to be appreciated as the magnificent piece of public art that it is.
A respectful analysis of the history and evolution of the landscape led to subtle changes that have a big effect. Enlarged green space around the fountain set off the burnished bronzes and the granite basin. Reduced impervious paving improves storm water absorption. Intelligently aligned paths enhance the approaches to the Frick Fine Arts Building, while giving ease of access in accordance with the American Disabilities Act.