The front lawn of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is getting a makeover. Landscaping crews are in the midst of creating a series of walkways that lead through the lawn and wind along the projection monoliths.
From the start, the art center promised that there would be some sort of landscaping element out front on the Elmwood side of the complex. The idea at the time was to feature public art along with visitor-friendly greenspace enhancements.
The addition of walkways and pocket gardens will go a long way to softening up the front of the museum. It’s nice to see a plan in action.
Seeing that this is a gallery/museum district, the fronts of the buildings should be dedicated to people and installations. Even the Albright-Knox is talking about removing the asphalt parking lot from the Elmwood side of the building.
Bike paths were recently added along Elmwood, creating a more bike-ped friendly atmosphere. The more the museums and galleries do to create welcoming front yards, the more people will respond and interact with the buildings, inside and out.
The Buffalo History Museum should consider doing something along the Elmwood approach. The museum has a ton of parking, some of which could be sacrificed with a landscaping extension, or even a funky new building along the main street thoroughfare.