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6-storey weather beacon on Gulf Tower a “mood ring” for Pittsburgh

Artist Antoine Catala invites us to reflect on how images make us feel, especially as we see more and more of them every day through internet-connected devices. In the lead-up to his new CMOA exhibition, Antoine Catala: Distant Feel, opening February 14, 2015, the museum will use Pittsburgh’s Gulf Tower beacon as a giant mood ring, reflecting responses to the city’s shared Instagram images.

Gulf Tower, Photo: Derek Jensen

Gulf Tower, Photo: Derek Jensen

Watch the colors on the beacon, February 11–13, as we analyze the region’s Instagram commentary and determine whether it is more positive or negative in nature. Using two competing colors, green and red, CMOA will display the current levels of positivity and negativity in real-time, as sentiment changes. Visit for a visual representation of the analysis, a timeline of Pittsburgh Instagram images, and more information about Catala’s Distant Feel.

Participate! Follow our Instragram feed, @thecmoa, for images, and share your own. Tag your photos with #cmoa and #distantfeel to join our online conversation directly. Or, just consider, share, and respond to images in your own feed. If you’re in the Pittsburgh region, your comments and those of your followers will affect the beacon.

How do you react to images, Pittsburgh? Watch the beacon!

Our thanks to Larry Walsh and Rugby Realty for making this possible.

Distant Feel is co-commissioned by the Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Support for the Hillman Photography Initiative is provided by the William T. Hillman Foundation and the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. Major support is provided by Lisa Schiff. Production support is provided by Droga5.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at