Salvaging Creativity has provided design, fabrication and support services for a number of public streetscape and playground projects.  Clients include municipalities, universities, developers, business organizations and non-profits.  Contact us for more information. Past examples include:

  • Public Sculpture
  • Sculptural Functional Street Amenities—planters, bike racks, benches, trash receptacles
  • Public Fountains
  • Playground Elements
  • Decorative Fencing 
  • Sculptural Signage 


Beaver Street Architecture Project, York, PA

The 12 functional pieces of Beaver Street were built by Salvaging Creativity to tell the story of our local industry/Maker Community.  We have bearings, mining, coffee roasting, refrigeration, and the paper industry represented. In addition, dairy milking equipment and kettles represent our agricultural and food industry roots.  These pieces are meant to remind us of the ingenuity, craft and beauty that York County provides for the rest of the world.  Every small part has a story to tell and I'll bet that someone you know is a part of that story.

These streetscape projects are made possible through partnership with: 

  • The City of York, PA
  • Downtown, Inc
  • Better York
  • M&T Bank
  • Wagman Construction
  • The Beaver St Merchants

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George Street Architecture Project

Building from our experience with the Beaver St. project.  We facilitated a second phase of sculptural street architecture for the George St corridor. In Partnership with Downtown, Inc., Better York, the George Street Business Alliance and the City of York, PA, 10 more pieces were commissioned from 7 local artists.  Salvaging Creativity provided technical design assistance as well as painting and fabrication support for a number of the pieces.  We also provided rigging and installation for the 10 sculpture pieces.   

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Creek Fire by Foundry Plaza

Floating Fire Pits designed and donated by Salvaging Creativity.  Stainless sheet for the pontoons was supplied by Foundry Plaza, Inc.  A summer evening on the Codorus Creek in York, PA.  Three unique floating stainless fire pits are lit for special gatherings on the creek.

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Public Parks and Playgrounds: Two Schools and a Creek

Through another Initiative of Foundry Plaza, Inc., community education/design sessions and a design competition were organized for two local schools sited along the Codorus Creek.  Salvaging Creativity formed a collaborative with Gale Jamieson and Brenda Wintermyer.  Together we were selected for the conceptual design inputs to the York Academy Playground and the Logos Academy Playground/Public Park Space.  Over an intense 6 month period, our Collaborative developed two full conceptual layouts and proposed a Natural Wildlife Overlay to the Codorus Creek Corridor.  We made presentations of our Natural Playspace concepts and proposed playspace elements.  Many of our concepts and elements were incorporated and installed at the York Academy Natural Playspace.

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Fountain: The Millworks Plaza, Midlothian, VA

The Landscape Architect for a commercial development project in Midlothian, VA contacted us for a fountain appropriate to the historic styling of their development project at one of the nation's first coal mining sites.  We designed and fabricated a fountain to their specifications using salvage industrial materials for the public plaza in the center of their project.


Salvaging Creativity assisted the Cultural Alliance and Working Class in the fabrication of York County's Litter Letters. .   Rachel Hatley's project has been spreading across the US as communities adopt there own litter letters.

Other Streetscape Elements

Other public streetscape projects include a decorative trashcan designed by neighborhood kids to Cor-Ten weathering steel planters and a prototype woven mesh bench by Peter Danko.