Sponsored by: Turner Construction Company
Charity: Carnegie Museum of Art
Fossil Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland
Auction Price: $9500
Theme: Pittsburgh's growth and success out of the steel industry
 
  Florasaurus About the Design
When Jennifer Zimmerman moved to Pittsburgh from Toronto, she became fascinated with the legacy of Henry Phipps, who grew up in poverty in Pittsburgh.  As Phipps forged a friendship and business relationship with steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, Phipps became wealthy beyond his wildest expectations.  He shared that wealth with the Pittsburgh region in an everlasting and generous way.  "Florasaurus," Sold!adorned with stunning depictions of flowers grown in the gardens of Phipps Conservatory, beautifully carries this legacy forward. Zimmerman and Urbschat's plants are rooted in industrial smokestacks to symbolize Phipps' wealth and success from the steel industry.  Blossoms grow from the stacks, signifying the germination and fruition of the philanthropic seed planted by Phipps more than 150 years ago.

Jennifer & LaurenAbout the Sponsaur
Turner Construction Company is a national construction firm that has provided service to the Pittsburgh region since 1908. Turner provides a variety of services including construction management, general contracting, and design-build, and performs a variety of project types including hospital, commercial, education, and interior fit-out.

 

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