Point of View

This bronze monument on Pittsburgh’s Mount Washington depicts a meeting in October 1770 between George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta. Once allies, then veterans on opposing sides in the French & Indian War, the two met 17 years later down the Ohio River and sat overnight at council fire to revisit their past and debate the future of this highly prized region. Though they held very different ideas about the fate of this area, they parted on friendly terms. Called “Point of View,” the sculpture by James A. West captures a moment in time between these two formidable men whose actions had a huge impact on Pittsburgh, Southwestern Pennsylvania and the country that would be America.

The piece marks the westernmost end of the Grand View Scenic Byway and Park, an official Pennsylvania Scenic Byway. It was dedicated on October 25, 2006 by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Warren Skye (HoinJaGwaGohn), along with period re-enactors, the artist, Mt. Washington Community Development Corp., local residents and members of the Seneca Nation.