It was like painting the face of a baby on the tip of my pinky! This is the kind of work that excites me. My daughter and granddaughter modeled for this, but it is a scene from the Live Incubator Exhibit in Luna Park, Pittsburgh, back in the early 1900’s. You know, when Pittsburgh was spelled without an “h”.
Here’s the news: Not only will this painting be included in the “Art of Facts” exhibit at the Heinz History Center, (and that it won First Place!) but it is being included in Brian Butko’s newest book, Luna: Pittsburgh’s Original Lost Kennywood. I’m so honored to be part of this wonderful book published by the Heinz History Center.
Of course, you will all be invited to the opening of the exhibit some time this summer, and to the PSI reception, date TBA.
Here’s a little slide show of the process: (Feel free to comment!)
Luna Park, an amusement park on the northern edge of Oakland, on the corner of North Craig Street and Atlantic (now Baum Blvd.) opened in May of 1905. It was the first of many Luna Parks created by Frederick Ingersoll, modeled after the Coney Island Luna Park. Ingersoll created his amusement parks with something for everyone, but certainly more out-of-the-ordinary. Not only were there coasters for thrills, tunnels for romance, restaurants, Japanese Theatre, and The Automatic Vaudeville…
… but also a menagerie of exotic animals, and a research center for premature babies that doubled as a curious attraction – The Live Infant Incubator Exhibit! The newly invented Incubator’s premier debut was at the World’s Fair. The Luna’s exhibit was staffed with professional nurses and doctors and the funds raised with 5¢ ticket sales provided the research responsible for our modern day neonatal care centers.