Two bronze hand-casted magnolia trees, showcasing nearly 800 hand-sculpted flowers each, are set within a garden created by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to “create a little magic, fairy-tale moment in the daily hustle and bustle of downtown Pittsburgh.”
The corner of Penn Ave and 7th Street was once home to the notorious Doc Johnson’s International House of Love Potions and Marital Aids. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchased this property in 1992 and transformed it into 7th & Penn Parklet, a rotating showcase of world-class public art curated by the Trust as part of its mission to revitalize Downtown Pittsburgh through the arts with a commitment to distinctive design and high-quality architecture.
Past installations at the 7th & Penn Parklet have included Alexandr Brodsky's Palazzo Nudo, James O. Loney and David A. Ludwig's collaboration, Labyrinth and Takamasa Kuniyasu’s Season in Spiral. The current exhibit, Tony Tasset’s Magnolias for Pittsburgh, is a superlative example of the value of public art. Magnolias for Pittsburgh includes two bronze magnolia trees and five live magnolias nestled in a landscape design.