10 Reasons Why I Love Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Tri-River State
Pittsburgh, where three rivers meet (thus a sacred city according to Hinduism) has been my home since 1974. My husband and I have lived here for more years than in India where we were born. Our daughters were brought up here; they went away to college from here (Boston and Los Angeles) and returned to marry at the magnificent Hall of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art.
With its 446 bridges over the rivers and countless hills and ravines, Pittsburgh landscape looks as breath taking as Srinagar, the capital of the Valley of Kashmir.
I love Pittsburgh for its natural beauty, four distinct seasons, theatres, universities, museums, international restaurants, and numerous other sites. Let me begin with Phipps Conservatory. Each time I visit the green building I feel the thrill that beauty incites.
Reason # 1
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Annual flower shows, during spring, summer and winter at the Phipps Conservatory, are always a feast for the senses. They celebrate renewal and re-growth in nature and, with Chihuly’s glass sculpture, in art. This year’s spring display, “Masterpieces in Bloom” was like listening to alluring music as we paced through this green glass building. The beautiful spring day got more gorgeous as we walked through its fourteen rooms, each display more vibrant then the previous one.
This year selected paintings of masters were rendered using flowers with stunning originality.
At the entrance we were greeted by Warhol’s “Flower.”
In the Palm Court, snapdragons and orchids recreated botanical renderings of Edmund Leighton’s “Lady in a Garden.”
In the serpentine room, swirls of delphiniums, forget-me-nots and primula shaped Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
The East room presented Claude Monet’s “Tulip Field in Holland” with a windmill and beds filled with hundreds of red, orange, yellow and white tulips.
Blossoms and bursts of nature and masterpieces were brought together in amazing harmony. See for yourself!