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A Full Circle Community

In this new day and age in Buffalo, it was no surprise the vast number of people who showed up to celebrate the unveiling of CEPA and C.S.1. Curatorial Projects “Full Circle“. The interactive art installation is essentially a number of swings that hang from a framed circle.

The swing is made for both kids and adults, who react and interact with one another. Sit facing inward, or outward. Swing super high, or enough to bring a smile to your face. In the end, Full Circle is intended to help bring a community together – a community that is already sharing a tighter bond than ever before. 


Even more important than the pure number of people who showed up at yesterday’s unveiling was the mix of cultures that were represents. It was great seeing all of the refugees who were delighted to encounter this new playground. The project was a social barometer that had suddenly come to life. At times, there were almost as many adults swinging as kids – when the adults were lucky enough to find an open swing.

For years, we have been talking about bringing these types of playful works to our neighborhoods. Hopefully Full Circle, and all of the other West Side Lots Projects, will inspire others to collaborate and create works of interactive art that will ultimately break down the ethnic barriers and bring disparate cultures together as one “full circle” community.

An Interactive Public Artwork by Coryn Kempster and Julia Jamrozik 

Corner of Auburn and Hoyt on the city’s West Side

Commissioned by C.S.1 Curatorial Projects and CEPA Gallery for CEPA’s West Side Lots Project

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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