Water Cube

a group of people drink from the water cube water fountain and refill their water bottles

The Water Cube is an artist-designed water fountain that dispenses both still and sparkling water. Located at the parklet of the 8th Street block of Penn Avenue, this new installation adds to the functional public artwork presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust throughout the Cultural District. The Water Cube officially opened during the 2016 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 3. With this new permanent public art piece, the Trust hopes to provide a unique amenity for residents, visitors, and District patrons, help reduce the consumption of bottled water, and beautify the 8th Street block of Penn Avenue. The Water Cube parklet, boasting what is believed to be the first public sparkling water fountain in the United States, has become a gathering place that generates conversation and serves as a stop for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Water Cube was designed through a collaboration of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support by Colcom Foundation.