Press Pass: Public art in Buffalo

Oct 15, 2019

Public art is prevalent around Buffalo, everything from traditional statues to colorful murals. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata suggests public art begins with the bones of the city itself—its historic architecture and parks system.

Robert Indiana's massive numbers at Wilkeson Park.
Credit Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

Elizabeth says the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is playing a key role in curating public art in Buffalo.

A discussion of public art can't take place without mentioning Green Lightning, erected 35 years ago ago. The piece by artist Billy Lawless was deemed to be obscene by some, including then Mayor Jimmy Griffin, who ordered its removal. Lawless took the sculpture to Chicago where it was on display for ten years. It's now in storage in Cleveland.

In the October issue of Buffalo Spree, there is an article that the new Station 12 at the site of the old Northtown Plaza in Amherst will have a yet-to-be-determined public art element. The shopping center will also house the Albright-Knox gift shop.

Finally, Mark and Elizabeth preview the Buffalo's History Museum's celebration this month of the Buffalo Bills 60th anniversary season.