The Well: A Civic Water Celebration Park

The Kingsley Association

Funding Received: 2015
Pittsburgh, PA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

The Well: River Roots is an art project led by the Larimer community in collaboration with artist Alisha B. Wormsley, a team of stormwater experts, the Kingsley Association, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. This effort grew out of the Living Waters of Larimer (LWOL), a project of the Larimer Consensus Group and the Kingsley Association that advocates for the artful integration of rainwater infrastructure into community investment and development. The project is in the Larimer neighborhood that has an antiquated storm water drainage system that frequently causes severe flooding downstream. The River Roots project is an artful, citizen centered rainwater project that captures the community’s history with water, provides a gathering place to celebrate community experiences with water, and sets the stage for water stories of the future.

The new park will provide an interactive and playful community gathering space as well as innovative stewardship of storm water. Water is captured and flows gently through the site in bioswales and art structures. As the water collects, it activates different parts of the site, such as the water pump and the sound sculptures. Other key elements include:

  • Sea Creatures: 3D forms made from local youth drawings and clay creations that are interspersed throughout the park
  • Sound Sculptures: made from bells as a reference to the church bells redesigned to mimic pond reeds.
  • Chadar Ceramic Well Quilt: inspired by the quilting circles in Larimer, water flows over a wall covered with images found and taken by high school students at Obama.
  • A Gabion Wall: complete with sea creatures and a photo collage of historical images of Larimer
  • An Elder Circle: a gathering space is formed by a circle of stone seats and stepping stones engraved with quotes collected from the senior community in Larimer.

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See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

Jun 16, 2017
For decades, one particular natural phenomenon has plagued the neighborhood of Larimer. Read More
Jul 21, 2015
The Kingsley Association has received a $450,000 grant from ArtPlace America toward installation of a park and community gathering space in Larimer that will make... Read More