How Many Spots Can You Save with this Parking Chair?
This 8-foot-tall chair is part of the “Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcome Here” campaign.
The parking chair represents both the Pittsburgh tradition of saving parking spots with folding chairs, as well as the hospitality and kindness involved in pulling out a chair for someone to sit next to you, according to Shannon Wolfgang, Director of Marketing Communications at VisitPittsburgh.
Recently, Pittsburghers made themselves at home — 8 feet off the ground — at the most recent activation of an oversized version of the parking chair.
The campaign was launched in April, with the goal of showcasing the friendly nature of Pittsburgh residents in a creative way — inspired by the simple act of offering someone a chair.
Since then, the chair has popped up at the Three Rivers Art Festival this past June, and near Heinz Field when “Good Morning America” made its visit to Pittsburgh in July. It is set for another visit to Heinz Field Monday night when the Steelers host the Bengals.
Visitors had the chance to sit on and take photos with the 8-foot-tall chair on Sept. 25 at Point Park University’s Village Park, in an event promoting VisitPittsburgh’s national campaign, “Pull Up a Chair. You are Welcomed Here.”
“It’s just the universal feeling that Pittsburgh is a welcoming city,” Wolfgang says. “Visitors, tourists, people who come here for conventions and meetings, everyone is welcomed here.”
Its welcoming message has spread on digital and social media platforms, and the campaign video recently hit the big screen as part of an introductory package for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” the upcoming Mister Rogers movie.
The campaign also includes the 90 Painted Chairs program — referring to the 90 different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. The program allows local artists to paint parking chairs, which will then be auctioned for a local charity at an event in early 2020.