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Pittsburgh's Strawberry Way gets new street mural

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Artist Julie Mallis at work on their new asphalt mural on Strawberry Way in Downtown Pittsburgh - CP PHOTO BY ANNIE BREWER
  • CP photo by Annie Brewer
  • Artist Julie Mallis at work on their new asphalt mural on Strawberry Way in Downtown Pittsburgh
Strawberry Way, a Downtown alley that stretches from Liberty Avenue to Grant Street, was selected the "Best Street Transformation, People's Choice" last year by national transit and urban planning news site Streetsblog USA.

Part of that was due to a street mural painted underfoot in 2016 by Deanna Mance. Her abstract and colorful mural was a backdrop for many selfies over the past few years, but the artwork — recently faded — was always meant to be temporary.

Pittsburgh artist Julie Mallis, creative director at BOOM Concepts and program manager for Bike PGH, began work this week on a new mural in the same location.
Julie Mallis - CP PHOTO BY ANNIE BREWER
  • CP photo by Annie Brewer
  • Julie Mallis

Fruit will stretch across the mural in the negative space. Mallis intentionally chose fruit local to Pittsburgh, introduced across the alleyway in the order they come into season: strawberries, cherries, peaches, watermelon, grapes, apples and pears.



Jump from fruit to fruit and count how many fruit you get without touching the purple paint as you play the game.

Mallis also wants the mural to be an educational experience. Questions are included throughout the mural to make people think beyond what's on the surface.

"Who gets to eat the most fruit?" has double meaning. Mallis says that's how you win the game, but it's also a question of power and resources. Mallis wants you to ask: "Who are the people who get us our fruit and what is happening to those people? Who are the people who get to eat the most fruit?"

Check out our video below as we visited Mallis at work on the mural on Thursday.

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