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Carrie Deer Documentary


In 1997, a group of young Pittsburgh artists known as the Industrial Arts Cooperative defied convention, risked personal injury, dodged police and fought nature to complete a yearlong adventure of personal and artistic growth that forever changed their lives. The Carrie Deer is the story of that artistic process, their experiences and the amazing survival of an unsolicited 40' metal sculpture spared from demolition with its industrial setting once called "The Workshop of the World."

Installed at the Carrie Furnaces of the Homestead Works in Swissvale, PA, the Carrie Deer is a unique tribute to nature's reclamation of abandoned industrial sites and Pittsburgh's iron and steel workers. A symbol of rebirth and renewal through Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area's development of the site as a national historic landmark, this distinctly matchless artwork is a part of the new vision of community, art and historic celebration of the Carrie Furnaces iron works.

The Carrie Deer documentary was funded by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Glyph Inc., and a grant from The Sprout Fund.