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Pittsburgh artist James Simon opens his Uptown studio to show giant musician sculptures

Sculptures between 12- and 19-foot-high fill Pittsburgh artist James Simon’s garage studio

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Video by Ashley Murray

For the past year, James Simon has been constructing and sculpting giant musicians, dancers, dogs and a jukebox. Simon’s work will be installed in Perry Harvey Park, in Tampa, and is meant to pay homage to the Florida community’s history.

“These sculptures are for the gateway to Perry Harvey Park and pay homage to the African-American community where folks like Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald lived,” Simon — who has done work internationally — said in a press release.

The sculptures are reminiscent of his Liberty Avenue musicians in Downtown Pittsburgh.

On Fri., Jan. 15, Simon, along with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, will open his Uptown garage studio to the public. For a chance to see these giants before they’re shipped off to Florida (they will be craned onto a 52-foot semitrailer), register here.

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