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Protective masks adorn the faces of the Point of View statues by sculptor James West that depict George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta on Mount Washington. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Protective masks adorn the faces of the Point of View statues by sculptor James West that depict George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta on Mount Washington. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

POST-GAZETTE: ANDREW E. MASICH, April 28, 2020, When George Washington was a boy, he copied into his notebook over 100 “Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Most of these rules he copied or adapted from well-known publications. But they became his own rules of conduct for as long as he lived.

PITSBURGH TODAY LIVE: March 26, 2020, nationally-acclaimed sculptor Jim West responded to a request from community advocate Lynne Squilla to ensure that George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta – the subjects of his monumental bronze, stone, and concrete (12′ x 10′) sculpture entitled Point of View – were practicing social distancing atop Mount Washington in Pittsburgh. Jim West Sculptor #wegotthis💪 #safedistance Mount Washington (Pittsburgh)

The McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation opened in May 2018 as the stunning new home of the SSA Senior School Science Department.

Jim West Scultpure, 2.C, is located at the McIlroy Center for Science and Innovation, Science, Technology & Innovation Facility.

Bronze, Steel, Aluminum, Kinetics

Dimensions: 19′ including 42″ Sphere, 2500 lbs.

Jim West With Einstein Sculpture

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jim West.

Jim, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My teachers were always asking … Jimmy, Jimmy, are you listening?”




Aiming to educate through art, Pittsburgh-based sculptor James West wants to challenge the public to step outside its comfort zone. To this end, his new cast bronze sculpture of Albert Einstein at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks begs spectators to stop and think.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Shady Side Academy Senior School in Fox Chapel celebrated the newest edition to their campus on May 18, 2018. The construction started one year ago of the new Mcllroy Center for Science and Innovation and was designed by Frederick Fisher & Partners of Los Angeles. The large sculpture in the center of the courtyard was designed and created by Blawnox artist Jim West.

Shady Side Academy opens $11 million science center
TAWNYA PANIZZI | Friday, May 18, 2018

Jim West Photo

Einstein is coming to Bethlehem.

The famed physicist arrives next weekend as a 37-foot tall, 2,000-pound bronze sculpture, a guest of the SouthSide Arts & Music Festival. His gigantic size, reflecting both his intellect and his influence, will be a sight to behold as he simultaneously emerges from the floor and disappears into the ceiling, seemingly ascending a rope attached to his shoe.

Split Infinity’ at ArtsQuest Center

BETHLEHEM, PA— The Theory of Relativity, E = mc2, is perhaps the most famous equation in the world, and while most can attribute it to Albert Einstein, few understand its significance.

Aiming to educate through art, Pittsburgh-based sculptor James West wants to challenge the public to step outside its comfort zone and explore science and physics with his large cast bronze sculpture of Einstein. Weighing in at more than 2,000 pounds, Split Infinity will be on display at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, from April 19-June 23 in the Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons.

November Issue of Sculpture Magazine

Released over the weekend, we are happy to have a prominent position with . TW Bronze, Enterprise, OR, in the November issue of . Sculpture Magazine. A publication of the International Sculpture Center.

A new/old take on Pittsburgh hits print

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 article by Brian O’Neill.  New Pittsburgh released book features Studio Wild West iconic bronze sculpture, Point Of View, as Cover photography.

Featured Artist in SCULPTURE Magazine, September 2017
Point of View Bronze Sculpture

TRIBUNE REVIEW | KURT SHAW | Friday, July 21, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

James West is a local artist who most Pittsburghers only know through his most celebrated work, “Point of View,” a bronze sculpture of George Washington making peace with Seneca leader Guyasuta.

by Joe Vennare | Innovation

Being a mid-sized city can be a gift and a curse.

No matter what happens in Pittsburgh, it will never gain the acclaim of New York or L.A. That’s not to say that Pittsburgh hasn’t played a pivotal role in America’s development. It certainly has. And it still is, developing game-changing innovations whose impact far exceeds its midsize status.

But if you find yourself questioning the contributions of the Steel City, beyond the obvious, allow us to present you with a list of things Pittsburgh has give to America. You can thank us later.

Victory over the French

Teaming with the Allegheny Land Trust

West is teaming with the Allegheny Land Trust to produce Sculptures, shown below in maquette form. Jim was once again creatively inspired by the beautiful nature found on Sycamore Island and Wingfield Pines.

Remarking on the artistry of what nature can be when restored and untouched, West often mentions that people in general are ‘users’ of the land, he notes that using the land can be positive and valuable if we give back to its overall constitution.

Jim West & Kevin McMahon
Cultural Trust

Jim West & Kevin McMahon of the cultural trust of Pittsburgh waiting for the new NEA chair Dr. Jane Chu to tour the cultural district.

Artwork Breast Cancer Survivors

BRA Day 2013. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation selected the third Wednesday of October as national BRA Day USA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) to promote education and awareness of breast reconstruction options.

National Parkinson Foundation


Situated in a quiet cove on the Allegheny River in Blawnox is the studio of sculptor James West. It became the perfect party spot Saturday night for “Shakin’ but not Stirred” to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, which Mr. West and his wife, Jill, hosted. Martinis, morsels and multimedia performances made for a memorable evening. Pastry chef Kim West, daughter of the hosts, was just back from France and provided delectable bite-size desserts. The festivities began with a VIP reception that featured a performance by Maria Caruso’s ballet company, Bodiography, and a demonstration of how to add patina to a sculpture by Mr. West.