All photography by Ryan Kell
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know just how obsessed I am with public art. So much so that I have an entire page on my blog dedicated to public art in Buffalo and I list the locations & artists so you can check them out for yourself. This is an ongoing project that I’m updating regularly so keep stopping by for more!
Last weekend, I had planned to do an Instagram story and Snapchat takeover about local murals for Step Out Buffalo, and coincidentally, two of my favorite humans in the world, Billy & Pat, had asked if I was free the same day as they were filming a video all about Buffalo public art. With our forces combined, plus the sick photography skills of Ryan Kell, we set out on a day full of art adventure.
Peep on some of these great photos of our fun-filled day of urban exploration. Because I love you, I’ll post the locations of these pieces on top of the photos, just in case you would like to visit and take some bomb ass selfies (make sure to tag me in any of those selfies on Instagram!)
1221 Main Street, Buffalo
710 Main Street, Buffalo
461 Ellicott Street, Buffalo
Nacho Break at Deep South Taco!
515 Main Street, Buffalo (side of building)
515 Main Street, Buffalo (back of building)
233 Allen Street, Buffalo
245 Allen Street, Buffalo (side of building)
Albright Knox Art Gallery
72 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo
45 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo
I had SO much fun with these guys. Make sure to check out Billy & Pat’s video below to follow along with our adventure!!
By now, you’ve (hopefully!) read two of the interviews in my Nickel City Gritty series…if not, go ahead and click the link, I’ll give you some time.
Now that you have made yourself familiar with this project that is near and dear to my heart, let me present to you the very first Nickel City Gritty video!
This video was made possible by the incredible duo Brandon & Josh at Buffalo Above. I’ve been working with these guys for a few months now and from our first meeting I knew that we had something special. After hashing out a few ideas on where to take this series, we quickly decided to focus on the one thing that inspires me every day- Buffalo. This city, its neighborhoods and its people are a HUGE inspiration to me, so why not showcase it?
For the first video, I wanted to talk about my neighborhood- Hertel Avenue. I have never felt more at home than where I am now. In this video, I talk about why I love Hertel so much, I touch on my personal style, and you’ll see some gorgeous shots of the street and its businesses.
Big props to my husband for being a good sport and agreeing to be part of this project. He’s an avid cyclist who also has a passion for Buffalo and its culture, so it was only fitting that he would be the first subject. Also, I know that it was difficult for him to describe his personal style, but everyone has a style identity, even if you’ve never thought about it!
The team at Buffalo Above and I have a few more projects in the works, so stay tuned! Where will Nickel City Gritty be showing up next?
Before I talk about this colorful piece of public art, first let me say that these photos were taken way back on an unseasonably warm day this past November…oh how I wish that I could walk outside with bare legs and arms right now and not freeze to death!
These colorful babies are the next addition to my Buffalo Public Art page. Last year, Harborcenter announced that they had three loading dock doors that needed a little bit of beautifying, so they hosted a public art contest. Out of all of the entries, I am so happy that this piece won.
This was created by Thomas Paul Asklar and Matthew Sinclair Conroy. According to the press release, the bold and bright colors of HARBORCENTER’s winning design symbolize the brilliant renaissance of the Queen City through light rays that radiate throughout the mural and represent sunrise and sunset. Art Deco is represented throughout the mural to pay tribute to Buffalo’s rich art and architectural history, highlighted by City Hall, which was completed in 1931. The mural’s mighty bison pays tribute to Buffalo’s namesake animal and the Native Americans who held the buffalo in sacred regard. The seal of the City of Buffalo hovers with a lightning bolt, along with an iconic grain mill, to reference the city’s powerful industrial history. The historical sign of the “Two Waterfronts” and image of the lighthouse pay tribute to the merging of the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes, which was vital to grain trade for generations. A young mule represents the Erie Canal’s importance to immigrants and their vital contribution to our region’s commercial success. Paying further tribute to Buffalo’s place as the Queen City of the Great Lakes is the iconic SS Arthur M. Anderson cargo ship, which represents the shipping industry and is believed to be the last ship in contact with the SS Edmund Fitzgerald before its sinking in 1975. The SS Anderson is still in service today.
This is definitely a must-visit piece of public art, and it’s absolutely hard to miss it! Whenever you come on down to Canalside to spend a day on the water or head on over to the Key Bank Center for a concert or a Sabres game, stop on by Harborcenter and snap some photos of this beauty.
Remember to check out my Buffalo Public Art page for the exact location of this mural as well as other beautiful pieces in the area!
I think that this mural has to be one of my favorites out of my Buffalo Public Art series so far.
This beauty was created in 2013 by a group of artists under the direction of Ian DeBeer as a tribute to Buffalo-born comic artist Spain Rodriguez.
The actual story behind this mural is definitely interesting and worth reading about. It was inspired by a Spain Rodriguez comic about a fight he got into at Nietzsche’s, which is across the street from the mural. You can find a lot more information on this piece by clicking HERE!
You can find the exact location of this graphic piece, as well as plenty of other local works of art on my Buffalo Public Art page!
Believe me when I tell you, these photos do NOT do the colors of this piece justice.
Unfortunately for me, we took these pictures on a particularly cloudy day. Yes, you can tell that this is gold, but it’s not just regular gold. It’s bright-ass metallic gold, and it’s glorious!
I was really excited to add this bad boy to my Buffalo Public Art list. This mural was created by local artist Daniel Galas in conjunction with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery this past summer.
The title of this piece is 72 Jewett, which was in tribute to the previous tenant of the building, Culliton Ice Company. There are several buildings represented in this mural, such as Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic Church, the Buffalo Zoo, the Darwin D. Martin House, Kensington Water Tower, and many more. You can read the plaque at the bottom of my post for full details!
As always, you can find the exact location of this piece and other beautiful public works of art on my Buffalo Public Art page!
I’ve never been a big “athletic” person. Sure, I go to the gym, take workout classes, lift the occasional weight, but take notice that these are all solo things that I can do from the comfort of the indoors. Organized sports and fast-paced things were never my forte, for fear that I could hurt myself and die. Completely rational, right?
We have a local organization called Go Bike Buffalo, whose mission is to educate people about bicycle safety and make Buffalo a more bike-friendly city. They’ve done amazing things over the past few years, and organizing the Buffalo Skyride is just one of them.
This is the third year that Go Bike Buffalo has put on the Skyride, and it was the first year that I’ve participated. I never felt like I was in good enough shape to ride up the Skyway, but since I’ve been taking weekly spin classes for a few months, I figured what the heck. So I registered.
Nicholas is an avid cyclist (he’s actually going to be biking 500+ miles from NYC to Niagara Falls in August!) so he helped me out with my gear and my bike. There were two options that you could do- a 10 mile and 25 mile. I opted to go with the 10 mile because I really wasn’t that comfortable yet riding long mileage through city streets. Spin class is one thing but when you combine cars with other cyclists and unpredictable weather, I needed to build up my confidence.
We took off from Riverworks Park (with a great view of the giant Labatt Blue six-pack) and…long story short…I did it!
I didn’t die and I didn’t crash and I didn’t fall off the Skyway. I would say that was a successful ride! I had so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again. Here are a few photos that Nicholas took with his Go Pro.
It’s great to see when national media outlets understand the greatness that is Buffalo, and right now, Huffington Post just gets it.
Huffington Post published an article yesterday entitled “17 Reasons Why Buffalo Isn’t Just Snow and Chicken Wings” and it’s TRUE. Granted, I can think of a hell of a lot more reasons why Buffalo is the best, but this is a great start.
From sports, to art galleries, restaurants and shops, Buffalo really does have it all…and that’s the reason why I started this blog in the first place!