Photo by Tracy Certo of NEXT Pittsburgh

City Scene Magazine writer Stephan Reed chronicles day one of his trip to Pittsburgh–visiting the Mattress Factory, Randyland, Trundle Manor and PNC Park.

“In just one day of being in the Steel City, I’ve been able to experience a flurry of fantastic locations and memorable events,” he writes in the Columbus-based arts, entertainment and style magazine.

The first item on his itinerary was a trip to the Matress Factory for an “interactive creative experience.” Reed was drawn to James Turrell’s “Cato, Red,” Danae” and “Pleiades” installation. The exhibit features three sight-derpriving dark rooms where the viewer has to distinguish what is real and what is an optical illusion.

His next stop was Randyland, located at 1501 Arch Street, which he refers to as  a “house with a lot of stuff on it,” with colorful displays and random artifacts such as dinosaurs, caged monsters, flamboyant stairs and more.

He also visited Trundle Manor where Mr. Arm and his wife run an oddities tour out of their house. Features include preserved animals, authentic medical tools and a den full of eerie collections.

Reed says that Warhol Museum is an obvious must for anyone with an artistic eye. He favorites the “Jackie” collection, which is revealing exhibit of First Lady Jack Kennedy Onassis’ emotions before and after President Kennedy’s assassination.

The final stop was a Pirates game at PNC Park where, “a four to two score in the favor of the home team capped off a wonderful day and a victorious night.”

Ryan Hoffman

A recent grad of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Ryan also has a degree in journalism. He has a passion for innovative ideas in Pittsburgh, green urban spaces, music and the...