Mt Washington Sculpture, Pittsburgh
Jim West’s sculpture, Point Of View, captures a pivotal moment in October 1770. George Washington and Guyasuta, old acquaintances and veterans of the bitter French and Indian War, met along the Ohio River (near Marietta, Ohio) for a nine-day council to revisit their past and debate the future of the highly-coveted region at the forks of three rivers, already named Pittsburgh. Few details survive of their conversation, but there was no doubt tension as well as mutual respect between the two great men. They held very different points of view about how this area should be settled; Washington surveying the land for future white European expansion, Guyasuta remembering the British treaty of 1763 prohibiting such expansion.