The Bride on Penn Avenue
Photographer: Andy Myers
Date: January 9, 2004
Place: Penn Avenue near South Graham, Garfield, Pittsburgh
Why this sign?
On Penn Ave., where it meets S. Graham St. (in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood), there's a mural on the side of a building of a bride leaving a house (and crying). What's particularly cool about this mural is that the house in the picture is the house right next to the mural. The mural was painted by Judy Penzer in 1995.
Posted by Mark at February 24, 2004 2:37 AM
That's funny, I always thought she was going back into the house... whether she'd forgotten something or someone, or the wedding had been put off, or...
I also love the way Penzer made the set of row houses continue so perfectly into the space of the mural.
Posted by: Elizabeth Perry at February 26, 2004 1:28 AM
I guess I took it as the bride's last glance back before leaving forever.
Btw, there's a larger version of the image available at http://dullroar.org/blog/archives/000016.html
Posted by: Andy at March 26, 2004 3:51 AM
I've always loved this mural. The implied continuation of the row of houses is fascinating and even deceptive at first glance. (I definitely did a quick second take the first time I saw it.)
One of the people who worked on this mural was Jill Watson. She was a partner with the architecture firm of Arthur Lubetz Associates and taught at Carnegie Mellon University. She was killed in the crash of TWA flight 800 off Long Island in the summer of 1996.
Posted by: Michael Jehn at November 23, 2004 3:32 PM
Actually the mural has been referd to as the runaway bride. She is running back into the house, not looking back.
Posted by: Krystle Bates at August 16, 2005 3:47 PM