Free admission, open daily during park hours (dawn to dusk)
EARTHSONG by Carin Jean White
Earthsong is closed for the season. Scheduled to re-open in May 2017.
Haudenosaunee stories and song fill
the air near the Hopewell burial mound. This sound installation
shares Native American heritage and culture, and draws attention to the natural
environment of the area.
This project was made possible through a grant from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
Grant Program and thanks
to a grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature: administered by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
BOWER by Ellen Driscoll and Joyce Hwang, curated by City as a
Living Laboratory/Mary Miss
Bower is a multi-media installation
joining glass with a series of interrelated architectural structures meant to
promote awareness and interest in local bird species. An educational program on
the site of the installation will be also curated by the Buffalo Audubon
Society, details here.
This installation, curated
by a returning Artpark artist, Mary Miss (Blind Set 1976) and her City as a
Living Laboratory organization is the inaugural program for a new multi-year
initiative at Artpark: "Artpark as a Living Laboratory." The mission of this
multi-year initiative, led by Mary Miss, is to make sustainability tangible
through the Arts.
Bower installation was conceived by Driscoll and Hwang to promote awareness of local bird species, and draw attention to the ever-increasing perils of bird-strike window collisions and deaths. In the design of this work the artist and architect consulted with area ornithologists, Katharina Dittmar, Ph.D, University at Buffalo, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Heather Williams, Ph.D Candidate, University at Buffalo, Department of Biological Sciences. The project was executed with the collaboration of Matthew Hume, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Architecture, University of Buffalo and Structural Engineer, Mark Bajorek, P.E.
Bower is an arrangement of architectural fragments which host birdhouses and pictorial glass windows evoking the vernacular architecture of the Lewiston area with embedded birdhouses (or nesting boxes) designed to accommodate a variety of local bird species - including chickadees, wrens, flycatchers, nuthatches, bluebirds, and purple martins. They are attached to the structure, in an arrangement that have taken into account environmental factors which affect bird nesting and habitability.
The window images are created from drawings that depict local species of birds that have come to prefer human-made structures to nest in. Some, like the purple martin, make an annual journey of 3000 miles from North America to Latin America and back again. The images in the windows are overlaid with a grid of dots, a pattern which prevents birds from colliding with the pane of glass.
The Bower project has been made possible by generous gifts from the Garman Family Foundation and Pamela & Joseph Priest.
Art in the Park Installations
Chuck Tingley - "The Ascent"
Location: Lower Park (Use 4th Street entrance). Concrete wall outside of Art Gallery and concrete benches in Theater Terrace nearest the Art Gallery & Box Office
Karen Sigrey - "Contribution"
Location: Lower Park, along drive leading to Parking Lot C
Scott Bye - "Conway"
Location: Artpark Woods
Gabriella D'Angelo - "PAL Bench"
Location: Richard's Marsh
Colleen Toledano - "There will always be tomorrow"
Location: Artpark Woods at Oak Hill Project entrance
Sarah McNutt and Nathanial Hall- "Natural Preservative"