“Tower of Power” symbolizes rise of public art in downtown Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  Public art projects are popping up all over Western New York, and And two men from Buffalo say they want to change the face of the city. They call themselves Team Razor Wire.

The bright structure to the sky is affectionately called “Tower of Power” and its behind the Tri-Main building on Halbert Street. Artists Chris Kameck and Nick Miller say it hasn’t been easy finishing it.

Miller said, “Most of it lready drawn out within the first two days and then from there we have smaller designs that we’re working from and its really just planning and working every other color in order to do as much on the wall at one time.”
The duo spends between eight and ten hours a day, sometimes longer working on the ground, and in the air. Miller said, “So we had a guy on the ground, a guy in the lift that went up about twenty feet and a guy in the bucket lift that’s able to reach the top. So everyone’s working in sections and kind of meeting up with each other.”

It’s the fifth installment of the groups’ Advantageous Geometry Series, and sponsored by the Tri-Main Development Corporation and Buffalo Art Studios.
This building was in rough shape, so the company thought this was the perfect opportunity to bring some color to the neighborhood. It’s already being celebrated by people passing by.

Miller says murals were once considered graffiti, But in the past few years there’s been a bigger push, and more funding for public art.

Kameck said, “People are enjoying seeing art outside of a gallery I believe. And being able to interact with it and touch it and have a conversation about it.”
They say their goal is to change the face of the community, one wall at a time. You can follow their progress on their Facebook Page.

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