The mission of The SteelSunSage Project is to inspire people to find beauty in every environment and appreciate the essence of what makes it unique.
The SteelSunSage Project Presents
The Homestead Works dominated an industry and defined a community for more than 100 years. Before Pittsburgh was the metropolitan City of Bridges, it was the Smokey City. Immigrant workers took over steel jobs that paid well despite dangerous conditions and resulting in sacrificed skies.
Pittsburgh’s steel built the Brooklyn Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building, not to mention miles upon miles of steel rail leading people to the West. This steel made the world-famous “Ferris Wheel” come alive at the 1893 Chicago World Fair as well as form the Panama Canal’s lock gates.
After a century, the steel industry came to a close in the 1980s and many workers were left unemployed or working for a foreign company. The loss for Pittsburgh after the steel industry boom faded was devastating, but allowed the championship character of Pittsburgh to shine as the future grew brighter and new industries emerged with clean, bright skies. – S.N.
Steel 2 was shot at Carrie Furnaces National Historic Site, Rankin, PA and Steel 1 at the Homestead Works historic site, Homestead, Pennsylvania. I aimed to focus on the simple beauty and captivating past that is engraved amid every dent and weathered texture adorning these authentic industrial remains.
About The SteelSunSage Project
Sarah Nelsen Designs’ exhibition, The SteelSunSage Project, is made up of three portfolios inspired by the history and beauty of three diverse environments that have been key influences in Nelsen’s life and work. The first two Steel galleries are featured online. The Sun and Sage portfolios will be revealed throughout the upcoming year.
Sun | Southern California | Fortitude, Diversity, Modernism
Sage | Northwest Wyoming | Love, Cultivation, Adventure