Maryland Ave. + Walnut St.
The intersection of Maryland Ave. and Walnut St., Pittsburgh is a true barrier between two distinct societies. All of my feeling were thanks to the cicadas chirping, runners, the quiet murrmur of the quiet brick houses and so much more.
While the houses are quite large, and old to a certain extent (most likely 1950s), this is no expensive historic neighborhood. Windows are dirty, paint is chipping, and in most places the yards are overgrowing the human made contents. Houses are so close together that driveways are not only impossible givin the space but probably not worthwhile looking at the low quality cars parked on the road.
The composition of the sidewalk and the road is very interesting as well. In high income areas of Pittsburgh, it starts at the house, then an area of grass, followed by the sidewalk, more grass/trees, and finally the road. Here there is about 5 feet of yard of some sort, sidewalk then road.
Like I stated earlier, this intersection seems to a zone of transition. What this means is that I never saw a person come in or out of their house or store. Cars never parked or left while I was there. Cars drove by often, People ran and biked past, even walked their dogs. Students passed through heading to their apartments but never stopped. Expensice Porche’s roll by (most likely some very expensive living close). Finally a small chiropractic office resides, a luxury for most people.
What was very interesting was the sounds. For the most part it was very quite. The cicadas are noticeable when you listen and the cars that drive past make sound but only for a split second. 5th Ave is three streets away and once you hear the rumble the first time, there is almost a calming backdrop to our silent corner.
This place is very unlike most of what I have seen in Pittsburgh. I enjoy being in clean quiet places and this was well kept and just that. The roads were cleaned so I was able to sit on the curb and write, which was relaxing and almost meditative.
I chose this image to represent in paper becasue I think it most captures the idea of what Maryland and Walnut is. This shopping center is so awkward looking and and misplaced and that is the feeling I get when I am there. The houses especially give me the idea that those people want to live in the nice neiborhoods close by. Just like these stores want to be part of the walnut shopping blocks but instead are a little bit away.
Here is my first go at making my scene paper. I think it captures the essence of my corner but could be done a lot better with more details. becasue there is only a house in the plane of view small details are especially important. It need to look less house looking and more shop like.
Second try went much better. This looks much more like stores than the previous rendering.the window details add depth which makes it look 3D. Overall I am very happy with the way it turned out.
Though the process of cutting, glueing, repeating with this corner project many things have come into the forground. Critiquing these pieces has been especially helpful in not only noticing flaws in others work but also giving me ideas for ways I can improve mine. All these are, are lines and shadows so it is very easy to mess one of those aspects up and suddenly the piece is compromized.
We got four colors for our next draft. Granted we were told we would be using grey scale. This was not the case when we got four “warm grey,” they were brown. Because my corner doesn’t have a lot of depth, I chose to pick the colors in a realistic way compared to the colors of the building.
The final cut piece is above. The comments I got from it were not as good as I was hoping. Steve said it looks flat and I totally agree. I think it would be far more intriguing if there was some kind of gradient. I messed around on Photoshop some more and came to a colorway that looked much deeper. Below is what I came up with
Today we were given 9 colored sheets of paper. we were instructed to take on shade from the above piece and relace it with one of the colors. Spot coloring in essence.
Finally having a grey scale I could be happy with it was not into deciding what color would complement my place best. In this project my goal was to show that my intersection, and more specifically the building, was a small, misplaced commercial area that was created from a house that was already there.
The signs in my building were the most important. If I could make those pop it would show how it wasn’t a house but in fact a commercial building with many of stores contained in it. Here were some ideas.
I decided to go with the first of the above photos. After talking to Temple, the red one looked too much like a showy college fraternity house (not what I was attempting to capture), and the dark blue was too night looking (The photos were during the day).
And the final cuttouts are matted below.
Thanks for reading.