There’s nothing like adding a little color to a neighborhood, especially in the form of public artwork. In the case of Future Blooms (learn more here), the original scheduled event date was postponed due to rain, but the event was rescheduled for this past Saturday and went off without a hitch.
As you can see, a number of the boarded up and broken windows of the former Courier Express building on Chicago Street are looking bright and cheerful. At this time, artist Vinny Alejandro is putting the finishing touches on The Cooperage building (also on Chicago Street), and according to Kate Heidinger, Junior League of Buffalo and Old First Ward resident, the response from the neighborhood has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Thank you all for creating a bright spot in the middle of what currently appears to be a war zone because of all the construction on Ohio Street. Once complete it will be beautiful and the entrance down Chicago Street will be that much more attractive because of your special touch.” – Peg Overdorf (Valley Community Center)
The Future Blooms effort is intended to add artistic interest to buildings in order to draw attention to their plight.