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Phoenix Rises on Baynes

Buffalo’s gardens hold many surprises. Encountering a random sculpture in a private garden is something to behold. When we think about public art, we tend to think about the large commissioned works. We don’t often think of the pieces that are installed by the average Joe or Joanne.

This particular bird sculpture, found on Baynes Street near Dorchester, complements its garden setting to a T. The dynamic sculpture set against the backdrop of a setting sun is spectacular. Depending on one’s vantage point, or the sun’s position in the sky, the sculpture takes on completely different appearances.


I would imagine that the neighbors living around this garden feel a great sense of pride whenever they pass the work of art. Kids growing up on the street will always identify their childhood with the giant metal bird, with wings in flight, that watched over everyone. I am assuming that this sculpture is actually a phoenix, rising from the colorful (fiery ash) garden below.


The little sculpture garden cleverly disguises the three car garage in back. There’s even an iron gate (for people) and a barrier arm (for cars) to get in and out. The barrier arm is well hidden by the garden. Some smaller works of art add to the mix.

So often, people tend to disregard the potential that a garden beholds. The work done here is magnificent, and does a good job of keeping pride, and property values, up on the entire street.


Written by queenseyes


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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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