Randyland: The Gem of the Steel City
Throughout my life I’ve made many trips to the Steel City and it has a special place in my heart. My last trip led to a pit(t)stop in the Mexican War streets district to visit Randyland. The short backstory is Randy, a Pittsburgh native saw the potential of a neighborhood and worked to fix up the area, adding his own outdoor art garden in 1995 at his home and creating a local gardens.
Upon getting to the neighborhood, Randyland is hard to miss with it’s forty foot mural and colorful art spilling out from all directions. Much of the paint was rejects, giving a fun color to the space. All of the art is recycled in some fashion to bring back to life things that had been discarded. The colorful chairs, umbrellas, and mirrors add to the ambiance that makes everyone want to start an impromptu photo shoot!
While Randyland is free, donations are suggested because Randy runs Randyland on his own private property. The wall of mirrors in the back is fun to see the reflections of art all around you. and see all of the art in different ways. Make sure to stop and chat with Randy to find out more about his life and how he succeeded in changing the world into a better place.