Mark Goldman’s Allentown graffiti project (Allen Street Art Collective- see here and here) has added another splash of color to the Hardware building, which sums up nicely what many Buffalonians are feeling these days. The bold statement comes at a time when we’re seeing cranes in the skies, waterfront development and grassroots projects all around. The artist was able to capture the spirit of the city with a few simple words – “It’s About Time”. The message can be seen in a couple of different ways. The time has finally come for Buffalo’s renaissance. The words allude to the healing properties of time as well.
“We’re excited to present a mural designed by artist @ian_debeer . The title of this project is “a poor man’s Ruscha”. Inspired by the mural recently installed on the highline in NYC’s meat packing district, Ian, who has also employed acts of appropriation with previous works, chose a page from one of Ed Ruscha’s books as a model for the design which was reworked to make something that we feel fits into the aesthetic of the building and the other walls in the area. Hope you enjoy it as well!” – Allen Street Art Collective
This sure beats the tag that was painted on the shuttered Genesee Gateway building 20 years ago that read, “Will the last person to leave Buffalo please turn out the lights.”