love dumpster, Downtown [photo: Lisa Valentino]
It would figure that someone named Valentino
would get busy this time of year. The surname is likely a coincidence, but artist Lisa Valentino answered the call for found-around-town hearts early, often, and with remarkable geographic reach. That could be explained–at least partially–by an ongoing project to walk all the streets of Pittsburgh (“WATSOP”). [Yes: we’ll have to follow up with Lisa on this particular endeavor.]
Valentino and reader Linda Smith both turned in some terrific found hearts for our Valentine’s Day challenge. Graffiti, murals, street art, nature, and even that plague of public works crews: the “love lock”–they’re all there. To the rest of you slackers: show a little love next time!
Follow Lisa Valentino on Instagram @lisa.valentino and Linda Smith @linsmith415.
heart valve, South Side [photo: Lisa Valentino]
cold cold heart [photo: Lisa Valentino]
peace heart, South Side [photo: Lisa Valentino]
wooden heart [photo: Linda Smith]
tin can pole (he)art, Bloomfield [photo: Lisa Valentino]
down-and-out heart, Strip District [photo: Lisa Valentino]
frozen heart, Ohiopyle [photo: Linda Smith]
black(top) heart, Homewood Cemetery [photo: Lisa Valentino]
the classic, Bloomfield Bridge [photo: Lisa Valentino]
love lock, Oakland [photo: Lisa Valentino]