The city of Pittsburgh is well-known for its parks. Within the city limits, there are acres of beautiful parks with greenery, flowers, reservoirs, biking paths, and local art. Some of the sculptures you may have seen while spending time in Pittsburgh parks has been created by a local artist, Saige Baxter. She’s a woman welder who is making a name for herself in the art world, both in Pittsburgh and beyond.

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Saige in her sculpture “Reflective Pods,” installed in Frick Park.

Saige Baxter is a local public artist from Pittsburgh who focuses on welding and metal fabrication. Pittsburgh’s steel city is home for her as a welding woman, creating opportunities that might normally be difficult to have access to. When attending Seton Hill University, Saige focused on oil painting. Her sculpture professor, Pati Beachley, introduced her to welding toward the end of her college career.

This ignited a love for welding, which led to her first large-scale permanent commission when she was 21 years old. Saige designed and fabricated the outdoor memorial, weighing approximately 1,000 pounds, for Jennings Womack. Such an incredible opportunity was followed by projects throughout Pittsburgh, an international installation in Portugal, and teaching as a welding mentor for Mobile Sculpture Workshop.  

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Saige’s Jennings Womack sculpture is located in Greensburg, PA.

As a community artist, Saige values her audience and their interactions with the sculptures. To her, sculptures address public needs and aspirations.

“I believe when art is displayed openly to the public, it’s no longer owned by just the artist it’s a collaboration with the public. That is the beauty of it!” Saige said. “I work toward making my sculptures approachable for everyone. My style is primarily linear deconstructionist with a modern approach. I also have an obsession with gold, sparked by my love of art history and the Byzantine era.”

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The “Lady Fatima” piece is installed permanently in Messejana Village, Portugal, through the Buinho artist residency.

“With every design I create comes community engagement. Every community is connected to different cultures with their own people, accomplishments and concerns. Public sculpture can have the power of unifying neighborhoods if done correctly.”

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Image via Nicolette Kalafatis

In February 2019, Saige was chosen as The Emerging Artist of The Year in Pittsburgh. This honor includes a solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts alongside Dee Briggs, The Established Artist of the Year. From now until September, Saige will be working on this gallery exhibition by creating a whole new body of work for mostly indoor viewing. This work will be similar to past work by staying interactive, but takes quite a different approach by focusing on personal experiences. Historically, her sculptures address community requests, so for the first time in her art career, Saige will be designing and displaying all new, private work.

Follow her journey on Instagram at

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1 Comment
  1. Thank you for recognizing the remarkable talent of our one and only, Saige Baxter. While Saige is an incredible artist, she also stands out as an incredibly kind, loving and unconditionally accepting young woman

    Saige represents to her grandfather and I the goodness and enlightenment within our world. Saige can light up a room with her presence; walking in to greet each and every one present with a genuine smile and a loving hug. Saige will brighten the darkest, dreary room with the light of her soul.

    Through the creation of Saige’s art we have learned the much deeper meaning of a brush-stroke of paint, a joining of two pieces of metal and the making of a social media video.

    While Saige Baxter may be our granddaughter, we stand firm in saying her talent is truly awe-inspiring and not just grand parents boastfulness.

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