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!!
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!
I’m normally not into lace…it’s just to stuffy and fussy for me. But lace cutouts mixed with a comfy sweatshirt? Now we are talking.
I found this awesome sweatshirt recently at JC Penney, and initially on the hanger it didn’t look like much, but I completely fell in love with it when I tried it on! Funny how that works sometimes. Also funny how I look totally normal in these photos but in reality my teeth were chattering because it was SO COLD outside. The things we do for a good photo!
On a more colorful note, this beautiful background is brought to you by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. This piece is located behind the gallery and it one of my favorite pieces on the grounds. Liam Gillick’s “Stacked Revision Structure” is a twelve-foot cube fabricated from powder-coated aluminum that was created specifically for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
I know pretty much all of the pieces on my Buffalo Public Art page are murals, but I’ll be adding this beauty for my fellow art-lovers!
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!
Remember when it was sunny and warm outside? Yeah, me too. This current weather is getting me down! I’m so not a winter person…says the girl who lives in Buffalo.
But enough about the weather. Let’s talk about art! Here’s another installment in my Buffalo Public Art project, and this time we have traveled to the Essex Arts Center.
I’ve seen a few photos of those adorable chicks in the past but never knew where to find them. Lucky enough, my friend hijacked me one night and took me to this very interesting art show at Big Orbit gallery, and there they were! The chicks in all of their glory.
Unfortunately I do not know who the artists are, so if you know of them or have any more information on these pieces, please let me know!
Find the exact location of these amazing works of art as well as other incredible murals on my Buffalo Public Art page! More pieces are being added all the time.
I have a lot of little black dresses. Far too many, actually. But all of my little black dresses have something special about them, and I think that this LBD might be one of my favorites.
This darling scalloped Banana Republic number was a must-have for my closet. The fabric is heavy and feels very luxe, the scalloped neckline and hem is flirty and girly, and it has pockets, which is a girl’s best friend.
But as much as I love this dress, I love this beautiful piece of public art even more. This lovely lady is painted on the side of Buffalo Proper in the city. The artist, Kristin Brandt, used the most beautiful metallic paint which glimmers in the sunlight. I’ve been wanting to photograph her for a while now and I’m so glad that I caught her on this beautiful sunny day before the Buffalo weather turned.
Just a reminder, you can find the full location details of this piece as well as plenty of others on my Buffalo Public Art page!