Support your local artists!

Yesterday afternoon while heading to a meeting I got lost in East Liberty.

Hey, it happens.

Even to those of us that have lived our whole lives in the Burgh.  Also, it particularly happens to those of us with royally mucked up senses of direction.  Don’t EVER ask me for directions because there is a stellar chance you’ll end up driving into the Mon all, “Darn that PittGirl!  Glub.”

Google Maps, as it is wont to do, did me a disservice and put me on a tiny little dead end alley.  Thanks, Google Maps!

Luckily, Saucy has a great sense of direction thanks to her trusty GPS navigator and I asked her how to get the hell out of where I was and she calculated and then shouted, “OMG.  Where the f*#@ are you?  Is this even a road?! What would you do without me?!”

I don’t even want to think about that.

So, as Saucy maneuvered me through the side streets and back toward civilization, I came upon the Whole Foods building from an angle I’d never seen it before.  This angle.

First, I want you to know I almost posted this photo without realizing you could see my face in the rearview mirror.  Awkward.

Second, WTF?

At first I wondered, who the heck’s idea was it to paint a giant pigeon on the side of Whole Foods?

I assumed this graffiti was the work of those Full Time Crime punks that regularly tag the Hill.  Tsk.  Always marking our buildings with shit like this.

But then I looked at the whole picture.  The pigeon is on a sidewalk.  There’s a car tire, see?  And there’s a bicycle tire, see?  And the bicycle rider has stopped and has put his foot down, see?  And there’s a shoe.  A giant shoe coming right at the pigeon!  He’s going to punt the pigeon!

This isn’t graffiti at all!  It’s a wonderfully moving art piece symbolizing all that is good about human on pigeon violence.

I wonder can I get the artist to paint a replica of that on the wall in my living room or at the very least can I get it printed on the tiny business cards that I leave tucked under the wings of the pigeons I kill?  You know?  That little card that says, “I killed your friend.  You’re next.”


  1. captain dummy
    September 17, 2008 7:47 am

    i used to pass that painting on my way home and i never could figure out why that pigeon has a gold chain around it’s neck… it’s like a run-dmc pigeon or something!

    note, i didn’t use the term “bling”… i hate that freakin’ word!!! so much so, that i hated typing it just now… ugh!

  2. J
    September 17, 2008 8:06 am

    First, I pass that painting at least 5 times a week, probably more. I never knew what it was. It just didn’t process. Pigeon, shoe, yes. Part of a street scene that actually makes sense? Never saw it before. Dumb.

    Second, Captain dummy, I have wondered the same thing. I always just assumed he was from Bloomfield. (said with love for you Bloomfield, don’t get all bent out of shape)

  3. blee1
    September 17, 2008 8:51 am

    Most people in Shadyside refer to is as the ‘Bling Pigeon’

  4. SK
    September 17, 2008 9:06 am

    That pigeon also has a giant diamond ring on its…finger?…claw? Makes me laugh every time I pass it.

  5. captain dummy
    September 17, 2008 9:12 am

    haha! if that pigeon was from bloomfield, wouldn’t he be wearing a stained wife-beater too?!?! KIDDING!!!

    and i too didn’t realize it was a street scene! i don’t think i’ve ever taken a “step back” to look at the whole picture. just thought it was weird…

  6. SteelyMcstupid
    September 17, 2008 9:59 am

    A pidg’ with a gold necklace and a diamond talon ring?

    Don Vito CooCooLeone?

  7. sus
    September 17, 2008 11:23 am

    The mural was sponsored by the Sprout Fund. It was created by Kate Bechak. The title is Worm’s Eye View.
    It was reviewed in the City Paper:

  8. Summer
    September 18, 2008 7:15 am

    The mural’s pigeon has creepy red eyes which are faintly disturbing. And they always seem to follow you.