Some mighty cool benches are coming to the Old First Ward. Thanks to the continued creative vision of professor Brad Wales at the University at Buffalo, this city will once again benefit from the works of his architecture and design students. For years, Brad has been promoting strong relationships between his students and the city, by creating functional works of art that are on constant display.
This past March, I wrote about the newest Small Built Works Studio (SBWS) project.
Students are working hand in hand with the OFW Community Center to design benches that reflect the history and culture surrounding Silo City and the OFW. These benches have unique designs and will become artistic permanent installations in parks and public spaces in the neighborhood.
This Thursday evening, the community is welcome to come see a number of the beautiful benches that will soon be delivered to the Old First Ward. There is no admission fee to get into the gallery opening, but attendees are welcome to contribute to the project if they so desire. Additional funds are still being raised in order to wrap up the project. Benches will also be available for sponsorship.
Student participants in the Buffalo Benches Project include Nick Bottiglieri, Dylan Burns, Stephon-Rae Jackson, Cassandra Kern, Qiong Wu, Max Collins, Matt Kreidler, Evan Schweigel, Lemma Al-Ghanem, Shaun Baranyi, Garrett Brown, Rong Chen, Evan Glickman, John Jiang, Lauren Kennedy, Emma McAneny, Ross Moretzsky, Nate Sikora, Kevin Turner, Cody Wilson, Hua Xiu Chen, Tyler Gates, Julia Hunt, Drew Marshall, TJ Mulligan, Alan Palermo, Nick Pizzonia, Traven Tong, and Max Warshaw.
The site of the Old First Ward was the inspiration behind the benches. Viewing the utilitarian works of art, it is easy to see the historic district represented in various ways, from the materials used (railroad ties and spikes, concrete, driftwood, oars, reclaimed stone) to the shapes of the surfaces.
Current business sponsors include Tom Saia/Iroquois Concrete, Rick Smith/Rigidized Metals, John McKendry/Hi-Temp Fabricating, Dan Bryndle/Virtual Polymer Compounds; Tim & Emily Lowrey, Urban Inspirations – Jessie & Vinny Alejandro and Chris Kameck Enterprises.
Come see for yourself, these artistic and functional works of art.
Gallery Show – Benches for Buffalo’s Old First Ward
Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 7 PM – 9 PM
164 Allen Street | Buffalo, NY