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Buffalo, Keeping It Real

Another one of artist Ian de Beer’s works has appeared on Main Street, as a collaborative effort that includes Oxford Pennant and Jake The Sign Guy. It’s hard to miss this black and white splash of Buffalo boosterism that was designed by Oxford Pennant. Jake The Sign Guy and de Beer managed to paint the work in 12 hours. “We did it in 12 hours – we started at 9pm and finished at 9am,” said de Beer. “I’m very proud of that, as I couldn’t have done it that fast without Jake.”

“The idea for the mural came from a design by Oxford pennant,” said de Beer. “I was simply hired to execute the mural. For me the experience was ideal. One shot, challenging, and large in scale. I like the simplicity of it. I feel like the role I play in Buffalo in terms of art stuff has been that of a vehicle through which the desires of others are expressed. From the Spain Rodriguez mural to this recent one, almost all of the work I’ve done has been either a reiteration of the work of other artists I admire or reflective of sentiments shared by a significant population within the whole city.”

This new mural is a bit reminiscent of other slogans from other cities, such as “Keep Austin Weird.” As Buffalo continues to experience a renaissance, there is a lighthearted notion that the city should be kept a secret, so as to retain its originality. After all, Buffalo is a city built on locally owned businesses, where chains have been known to flounder due to the lack of support from a community that supports its own. By “Keeping Buffalo A Secret”, it’s likely an attempt to “Keep It Real”.

The new mural is located at 812 Main Street in Downtown Buffalo.

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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