The combination of attractions and events means that Carrie Furnace attracts many different kinds of visitors. Old time Pittsburghers and history buffs are attracted to the old industrial plant. Artists and hipsters are excited by the permanent and changing artworks and performances. And a growing interpretive framework for landscape is drawing a nature-oriented constituency. All of these contribute to a growing popularity of the Carrie Furnace Rivers of Steel works to expand its capacities and attractions.

It may seem like a bleak post-industrial ruin in the on-screen entertainment in which it is so popular, but the Carrie Furnace is really a productive site once again, now motivated by history, art and nature.

Photos by Dave Hammaker who is holding a workshop to photograph and explore the Carrie Furnace on April 5.