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Silo City Gateway Wall

Rigidized-Wall-Buffalo-NY-1Another shiny metal sculpture has risen at Silo City, in close proximity to a number of other artistic pieces built in recent years at the site, including Elevator B and Cascade (see here).

The newest addition dwarfs its predecessors in size (20 feet tall and billowing out along Ohio Street like a gleaming stylized sail) thanks to the teamwork of UB architecture faculty members Nick Bruscia and Chris Romano.

The two worked with Rigidized Metals materials in order to showcase how the super thin metal materials (152 pieces all total) could lend themselves to a permanent sculpture that would act as a billboard both for The School of Architecture and Planning, and the headquarters of Rigidized Metals (located along Ohio Street).

The newest intricately assembled sculpture is refreshingly juxtaposed against the backdrop of the old industrial silos found along the Buffalo River. This particular collaboration occurred after higher ups in the department at UB asked that the students reach out to local manufacturers in the community to develop ways to showcase products through built-work scenarios such as the one that we see here (also see partnership with Boston Valley Terra Cotta).



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Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • buffalorr

    This looks amazing on the grounds shared with the silos. Much better than the “The Canoes” at the Albright Knox. Probably just me but ever since I saw the first canoe installation that’s still at CIty Centre in Vegas I can’t help but think the AKA got taken. It looks like kitsch in Vegas which works really well in Sin CIty ( What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas ).. It looks like a desperate attempt at “art” on the grounds of the AKA.

  • obbitz

    I love the canoes! First time I saw them the sun was setting & the light dancing off of them; they looked like a school of live fish cavorting in the waning light.

  • buffalorr

    I think art is in the eye of the beholder, it just doesn’t work for me in that spot. I could see them next to the Buffalo River at Silo City. The Classical Greek architecture of the AK as a backdrop for them seems to diminish the grandeur of the building, just as placing those awful gas and electric meters on the front side of homes that I’m seeing all around Buffalo does. ( What’s with that anyway? That’s just my perception. Your appreciation of them in that spot does make the canoes a valid piece of artwork since they’ve struck you and I’m sure many others in such a positive way.

  • buffalorr

    obbitz-“looked like a school of live fish cavorting in the waning light.” Now you’ve made me think about them. Next time I see them I may like them a bit more with that thought in mind. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do? Provoke thought? Good description of what the canoes represent to you!

  • elmdog

    They should line the Buffalo River with art, sculptures , wall paintings etc ….. It would make boat tours that much cooler … An art park via the Buffali River

  • on a related note, i heard that the bees have vacated their specially-designed tower at silo city.  is that true?

  • Davvid

    My feelings about this are similar to the new murals on Allen street. I appreciate the overall effort even though the specific design decisions could be much better. These could be the first, slightly awkward steps toward something great.