Public art brightens up Cobblestone district

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s creating even more buzz in the neighborhood around First Niagara Center. The south wall of the building at 95 Perry Street, which houses the Lagerhaus 95 restaurant, now features a larger-than-life display of public art.

Artists Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams collaborated on the design, which they painted during one of the rainiest periods in Western New York history.

“There was a day early on when it was 90 degrees, and we had wet headbands around our heads, and then later it was bitterly cold,” Adams remembered. “It was a bit of the challenge.”

Now it’s complete, and the artists are proud of how it’s brightening up the growing Cobblestone district. It will be seen by people that park on the Perry Street surface lots for arena events, visitors to the Helium Comedy Club, and more.

“We keep hearing from people that you can see it from the Skyway,” Adams told News 4. “I think it may be a landmark. It may be the kind of thing that people can refer to. You know, ‘we’ll see you near the mural.'”

The artists gave the mural a simple, one word title that celebrates the positivity around the city: “Go.” Droze said that they chose to use bright red, yellow, blue, and green so that people would be able to see it from very far away. “We wanted to create something really simple, eye catching, very very bright,” she said. “I think we accomplished that for sure. We made an icon, in my view.”

Building owner Sam Savarino, who operates several properties in the district, and his daughter, Julia, worked with Tod Kniazuk and the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York to make the piece of public art come to life. Droze and Adams’ design was chosen by a public vote on Facebook.

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