Spectral Locus art shines spotlight on future arts campus

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Crews began working Thursday to hang the rigging that will hold the final pieces of the Spectral Locus public art installation, which has been going up on buildings around the city over the last few weeks.

By this weekend, you’ll be able to see the colorful fabric of the Spectral Locus art covering Clifton Hall on the Albright-Knox campus. It is already up on two once-vacant buildings in the city, at 950 Broadway on the East side and at the Richmond Ferry Church.

MORE | Click here for more information about the Spectral Locus public art installation

The work was designed by artist Amanda Browder, and was sewn by hundreds of volunteers over the last several months.

“The artist considers the making of the work to be really the heart of the artwork,” explained Aaron Ott, Curator of Public Art for the Albright-Knox, “So the fact that when people come together, the fact that they make something together that they couldn’t make on their own, that’s really where the artwork is.”

This artwork is shining the spotlight on the buildings where it’s going up.

The public art is a very fitting project for the historic Richmond Ferry Church, which is currently being redeveloped into a collaborative arts campus.

“This is the unbelievable kind of tone and bar that we wanted to set for bringing people together,” said Rachel Heckl, owner and co-developer of the Richmond Ferry Church.

MORE | Click here for full details about plans for the former church.

By fall of 2017, the Richmond Ferry Church property should be home to a huge performing arts and dance space, an arts business incubator, housing, and an art gallery.

Work continues now to shore up the structure ahead of major renovations inside the building, which is more than a hundred years old.

The designs are finished, and crews are at work, mostly on the building’s exterior at this point. “Just trying to make sure the building is kind of weatherized and safe and making sure that this historic preservation on the outside is started because we need good weather for that,” explained co-developer of the Richmond Ferry Church Tyra Hux Johnson.

Good weather is also needed to finish installing the Spectral Locus fabric on the Albright-Knox campus. Weather permitting, it should be finished Friday.

All of the Spectral Locus pieces will only be up as long as weather permits. They are made of fabric, and not meant to last forever. The art may only be on display for a few weeks.

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