Carrie Furnace Graffiti Project

Working with Rivers of Steel, Shane Pilster is the liaison for artists to paint at the site legally and a guide for the Urban Art Tours & Workshops at Carrie Furnace.

The National Historic Landmark Carrie Furnaces were active blast furnaces from 1907 – 1978 and supplied the iron that was made into steel at the Carnegie Steel/USS Homestead Steel Works. After the plant’s closure, a number of artists and urban explorers began to venture into the site. Late 2012 and into 2013, Shane Pilster began working with Rivers of Steel (a regional non-profit and managers of the site) to help preserve many of the existing works of art done by some of the East Coast’s best street artists. With the help of Rivers of Steel, he has worked to establish legal areas for the artists to come back to produce new works. This relationship has also led to the creation of Urban Art Tours & Graffiti Workshops for the public, and educational institutions which currently by appointment only. Please inquire with Stacy Drane at Rivers of Steel about arranging a tour.

Check out the Rivers of Steel site for more information about the furnace itself.

Visit Shane’s site,, for other work and projects he is apart of.

Looking for some idea of what the tours cover, videos / photos of other graffiti, resources, or just some general Inspiration? Check out the Inspiration page for all the above.

New Works

This gallery shows the newer legal pieces painted at the furnace within the couple years. All artists’ information is confidential and will not be given to any third parties without the artist’s written consent. All photo copyrights belong to their owner and may only be used with written permission from them.

The Site

Rivers of Steel offers a variety of themed tours of the site throughout the year. The images below are from various photographers who have visited the furnace; all photos are copyright to their respective owners.

Urban Art Tours &
Graffiti Workshops

During the warmer months we conduct Urban Art Tours & Graffiti Workshops, with ages ranging from elementary school kids to 65+ year old adults. Tours give insight into the positive sides of the graffiti culture and help to increase understanding of the artistic merit of street art. These workshops will create a positive discussion between artists and members of the community so that a beneficial relationship can be formed.

Info about the upcoming tours can be found on Advanced purchase of tickets is required so we can have adequate supplies for everyone. Email Shane with the form below if you have any questions about the tours or inquire with Stacy Drane at Rivers of Steel to arrange a tour.


Video – PITTSBURGH 360°- Carrie Furnace Art- October 17, 2013

Write up about the Urban Art Tours & Graffiti Workshop – Writing’s on wall at Carrie Furnaces – June 29, 2013 – Post Gazette

An article by Kevin Kirkland about the new artwork and the old signage at the furnace. Shane asked to not be named in the article. – Rust isn’t the only thing covering abandoned Carrie Furnaces – July 6, 2013 – Post Gazette

Shane Pilster painted a backdrop for The Jazz Furnace, an event that took place in the Power House at Carrie Furnace. Check out the video on their site! By The Pillow Project – The Jazz FurnacePost Gazette Review of the Event

Upcoming Events at the Carrie Furnace – Urban Art Tours every 3rd Saturday – Post Gazette Events Page


Get in contact to discuss tours, painting the walls, sponsorships, art projects, or whatever is on your mind.

All contact information is confidential and sent directly to Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts; we will not share any of your information with third parties or anyone else without your knowledge or consent. You may email Shane direct at “paint at”

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