Spirit Form - Bronze at Freedom Corner
Freedom Corner - Spirit Form
Freedom Corner - Detail
Freedom Corner - Stone of Origin
Freedom Corner - Prayer Circle
Freedom Corner - Freedom Marcher's Ring
Freedom Corner - Negative Ring - Birmingham
James McCoy, Frankie Pace and the Lower Hill - Proposed Kiosk
Attention City Hall !
Scorched Earth * Tin Tar Crushed Brick and Trinkets
Scorched Earth - Detail
Beyond the Golden Triangle
Nomads in a Caravan
Beyond the Cross
In My Sanctuary
Mother and the URA
53 1/2 Crawford Street
Dinwiddie at Reed
A Cat Named Lazarus
Lee's Floral Shop
At Freedom Corner
Clark at Elm Street 1957
1955 to Freedom Corner
The Spirit Form
Ancestral Postcard Color
When city hall razed the Lower Hill District in 1955, for the sake of one civic auditorium, displaced people had no other option but to grieve and claim the 28 acres and the loss of its deep-rooted culture as part of themselves.
While most of my art resulted from the destruction of the Hill District’s Crawford/Roberts Street area during the early 1980s, metaphorically, it's about my childhood experience on the Lower Hill District during its demise. As a child witness to the destruction, I address that issue on a personal level.
Memorable artifacts reflect a personal connection to each place, but the crowded and lopsided objects are not necessarily about a particular neighborhood. My work does not represent the past as such but is reflective of the ongoing anxiety that resulted from it.
Prior to starting his own firm, Carlos F. Peterson Technical Art, Mr. Peterson was an architectural draftsman and award-winning illustrator in the steel engineering industry. Now retired, Mr. Peterson is currently writing a memoir addressing his family's experience with urban redevelopment on Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District. Mr. Peterson’s artwork has been exhibited throughout the Pittsburgh area. He has received juror’s awards for his work in numerous local exhibitions and purchase awards for drawing and painting at the Atlanta Life Insurance African American National Art Exhibition in Atlanta Georgia.