Transforming A Drab Downtown Building Into Public Art
It's something that's been going up this week before our eyes next to the parking lot we use here at WYRK. It's a piece of art on the wall of the 6-story Sinclair Building on Washington Street in downtown Buffalo.
It's the latest public art project presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. It's being created by Detroit artist Louise Jones who's done similar projects all over the world, but this is the largest one she's ever done.
She's getting some help in painting the larger areas of the creation, but otherwise it's all her artwork as she and her team use high lift cranes to access the side of the building.
This one features wildflowers mainly native to New York State painted on what was previously a light yellow wall.
It's all part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's public arts initiative - a partnership between the museum and Erie County since 2013. The City of Buffalo joined the partnership a year later.
According to the museum's website the goal of the initiative is to "produce great public art that is capable of empowering individuals, creating stronger neighborhoods, and establishing Western New York as a critical cultural center."