The ultimate goal of my artistic practice is to put surprising, playful, and thought- provoking work in public spaces, where it can be experienced and enjoyed by an expanded audience. Whether it’s a giant acorn smashing a park bench, a man being gobbled up by a pay phone, or giant toy jacks that sit alongside cars in a downtown parking lot, my work often puts forth a playful narrative that interacts with its environment. By placing everyday objects in unusual situations, I invite the audience to look at their surroundings with a renewed sense of imagination, replacing monotony with possibilities and excitement.
Will Schlough is an artist living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After growing up in Ohio and New Hampshire, Will moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University where he graduated with Honors in 2007. Will briefly lived and worked in Los Angeles before receiving a Fulbright grant in 2008 to create sculpture in Iceland based on the society’s interaction with its unique landscape. After completing his grant work in 2009, Will moved back to Pittsburgh to continue his artistic practice focusing predominantly on the production of public art. He has since created playful and thought-provoking murals, sculptures, and mixed media installations for a wide variety of organizations and institutions, as well as a number of street pieces just for the heck of it.