Braddock Welcome sign by James Simon. Photo by Heather Mull.

Braddock Welcome sign by James Simon. Photo by Heather Mull.

If Simon’s work looks familiar, that’s because it’s all over town. He did a welcome sign for Uptown, and a wordless, textured piece called Uptown Rhythm for Duquesne University. He also did the giant sculptures of musicians on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, now adjacent to the ToonSeum.

His ceramic tile-and-glass style is extremely labor-intensive, and requires some unique materials.

“I’m making it now, more and more,” notes Simon. “It’s very hard to get colorful, nice ceramic tile. The glass is similar to what they use for stained glass windows. There’s a company in Connellsville that still does stained glass.”

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People will always get lost in Pittsburgh, even in the age of GPS. With neighborhood signs, there’s a good chance you’ll at least know what neighborhood you’re lost in.

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Uptown Welcome sign by James Simon. Photo by Heather Mull.

Uptown Welcome sign by James Simon. Photo by Heather Mull.