The Olmsted Legacy Mural is just about complete, leaving artist Augustina Droze just a couple of minor touch-ups. While the ribbon cutting for the mural marked the end for this exciting project (well, almost), it also marked the beginning for what could become a mural movement in the city. Augustina has been busy making the cultural rounds in Buffalo, and thankfully her professional experience in the field is opening some people’s eyes and possibly some doors that would lead to more murals in years to come.
We all know that Buffalo is a treasure trove when it comes to blank wall canvases. Some people might think that cold climate cities aren’t conducive for muralists due to the shorter warm weather window period. I recently learned that some of the best murals are being painted on fabric and then applied to walls at later periods of time – a practice that Augustina specializes in. That means that muralists can paint indoors all year ’round, and they can even paint entire murals in other cities before arriving to Buffalo to apply the finished artwork in a matter of days.
Buffalo is prime to see this sort of public artwork advance. If the key partnerships are identified and matching grant programs are set up, we could be looking at some very interesting opportunities in the near future. If you haven’t had the chance to see Augustina’s mural in real life, here’s the piece in its entirety. Click here for more info, including a map marking its location. Click here for a road-map of public art in Buffalo.