Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pittsburgh Day 3 - Gotham City Legend

No worries ... this is not about Batman although people are still very proud here to live in Gotham. This is more about how Pittsburgh REALLY looks like Gotham when the weather turns bad and about a legend that is connected with this city like barely somebody else.

On Monday we had a slow start into the day. I had to work a bit for my regular job and we were pretty tired. When we finally got out of the house the whole system was already crying for caffeine, but that's never a problem in Pittsburgh and with living in Lawrenceville again our favorite place Espresso A Mano is comfortably close. It was really good to see Matt again and my caramel latté was as perfect as Gabi's cappuccino.

After getting our coffee fix we headed downtown to meet our friend Marie for lunch and enjoyed already the dramatic sky over downtown and the Clemente Bridge.

After a short walk downtown that we definitely need to extend on Wednesday (Time is so horribly short, I tell you!) and a lovely Indian lunch we drove back to the Strip. There is still so much more work to do and I hope we get enough done this week, but things are actually not looking too bad. 
Gabi climbed concrete blocks and walked several miles for the best angles and most dramatic set up with the Gotham city clouds. And ... I tell you ... "drama baby" as you can see in my quick shot I made while Gabi was working:

You will be not surprised that it shortly after started pouring down with rain and we had to stop for the day. We found shelter at "Marty's Market" the new hotspot for organic and high quality local groceries, where we could not just stay dry and warm, but also shop for dinner, get a hot beverage and a very warm welcome by owner Regina Koetters, who immediatly invited us to have a seat and use their WiFi whenever we need it for working on our project. It was fantastic and we'll definitely be back a couple of times. 

Next and final stop of the day was the Roberto Clemente Museum in the old Fire Engine House in Lower Lawrenceville. 
When we booked the trip in August things for Pittsburgh sports looked really good. The Pirates were over a dozen games above .500, the Steelers would stretch their arms and legs to get ready for the season and hockey was almost around the corner. I was looking forward to see as many sports events live as possible altough that would have killed my budget. But then .... Steelers were not playing this week due to a weird schedule. AND there is no hockey season for now due to the NHL lockout, which is KILLING me. And finally the Pirates!  The Buccos are looking back to the most epic and painful collapse ever and there is no October baseball at PNC Park. No good. Not good at all.

But even if there is (almost) no live sports happening it is present in Pittsburgh 24/7. Everywhere are people in their team gear and everybody is always talking about it. It is just part of what the city is and in the center of all this was and is the legendary... Roberto Clemente.
I talked to friends from all over the US about sports and baseball and every time I drop "Pittsburgh" there is this "Oh boy ... Roberto Clemente. He was THE ONE."  There is love and respect for Roberto all over the country and not just here. It is very impressive.

Since the world lost Roberto already on December 31 1972 when he died in a plane crash while flying out aid packages to a earthquake hitten Nicaragua only month after he hit is legendary and last 3 000 ball, the only way to "meet" Roberto is this breathtaking collection of pictures, documents and memorabilia that Pittsburgh photographer and artist Duane Rieder and the Clemente family put together in the fire engine house.

The collection is not just about the baseball player Roberto Clemente, but also about the family man, the artist, the chiropractor (!), the humanitarian - the remarkable person he was.
Although this is kind of overwhelming Gabi and I really liked that the museum is - of course - paying a loving tribute to Roberto, but it is not overdoing it. It is not too sugary although Roberto Clemente's life and tragic death are just like made from a Hollywood script. We really enjoyed the museum a lot and our tour was great.

What is also definitely a plus is the fire engine house itself. It is SUCH a beautiful and well restored building with an amazing atmosphere. We straight away fell in love with it. Both of us were also lucky enough to be allowed to have a look into Duane's studio at the upper floor. I was all SQUEEEEEEE because ...

At a certain point in my life (which  means: when I can afford it)  I need a couple of Duane Rieder's hockey portraits.  *LE SIGH*

It was a beautiful late afternoon at the Clemente Museum and I can just recommend it to everybody to visit it and "meet" Pittsburgh legend Roberto Clemente - it's worth it (even if you may not be a huge baseball fan)!

All polaroids by Gabrijela Obert

1 comment:

  1. I love the picture of the fountain. I used to play in that fountain as a little girl!