Monthly Archives: July 2019

Free Sparkling Water from Art

At Penn and 8th Street parklet , the Water Cube dispenses cold, triple-filtered water — still and sparkling — for free, with dedicated faucets for filling water bottles.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Free Sparkling Water in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

One of several local public art installations managed by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

“Who better than the Cultural Trust to fuse form with function? ” said John Rohe, vice president of philanthropy for the Colcom Foundation, which funded the Water Cube. “This is an artistic composition that is designed to advance an environmental concern, the use of non-recyclable drinking containers.”

In the three years since the Water Cube was unveiled, single-use plastics have become a major focal point in the battle against climate change. For Pittsburgh residents seeking to reuse water bottles on a summer day, the Cube is a great local resource.

The glowing Water Cube is lit by an internal LED light system that GBBN says pulsates rhythmically — like a heartbeat — as a reminder of the connection between life and water.

According to the Trust, the Water Cube has served 5,475 gallons of water to 57,456 residents.

“This project takes a water dispenser, an object that often goes unnoticed, and makes it into an object that defines the space,” wrote the judges from AIA Pittsburgh. “It’s very simple and smart. It even glows in the evening, adding to how it creates a welcoming place.”

Drink cool fresh water from the water cube which is located next door to