A tribute art installation is underway in the Essex neighborhood. The installation is a remembrance of sculptor Duayne Hatchett who passed away last year. The Essex Street memorial includes a work by the artist himself, along with another piece by artist/fabricator Jonathan Casey (coming soon). The work of art is being fashioned across the street from Hatchett’s work studio, where he spent his life designing and creating sculptures and other works of art that would find homes throughout the world. Many of Hatchett’s works of art were commissioned by major corporations that required the installations to be larger than life.
At home, Hatchett’s work portfolio was also prolific. Not only did his dramatic sculptures manage to find their way into the collections of local galleries, his vast studio was a treasure trove of works – the Essex studio was filled with projects that he had worked on over his lifetime. Upon passing, each one of his neighbors received a small sculptural keepsake to remember him by. Hatchett’s legacy is secured as one of Buffalo’s most celebrated artists. This tribute is fitting in that he will always have a presence in the neighborhood that he called home.
Once finished, the sculpture will be surrounded by gravel. A tribute plaque will be added as well.