gene davis niagara 1979 recreation


Funding has been secured for the re-installation of the painted parking lot artwork titled "Niagara 1979" by Gene Davis. Artpark launched a Kickstarter campaign in February with a deadline of April 9 to reach the fundraising goal of $20,000 to make the project happen. The campaign was successful thanks to the support of 145 community backers who made donation pledges.


Artpark gives special thanks to Michael Broderick and Robin Faulring of Orange Cat Coffee Co. in Lewiston for their dedication to the campaign, Sherwin & Williams for working with us to secure paint and materials, the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College for their assistance with color matching, and to The Smithsonian American Art Museum (who holds the Gene Davis estate) for their permission to re-install the piece.


The work will be in-stalled in it's original location, parking lot C, which is adjacent to the Mainstage Theater, between the old trailer and the Outdoor Amphitheater Entrance. Installation will begin in the coming weeks after the lot has been resurfaced. Sixty, 2-foot wide by 364-foot long lines will be rolled in 9 different colors. The original artwork required 450 gallons of paint, 7 miles of masking tape, the help of 8 interns and an artist assistant (Clarence Wood).  In the summer of 1979, the artwork of over 43,000 square feet was the world's largest painting and thousands came out to experience it.


Dr Anthony Bannon, Executive Director of Burchfield Penney Art Center said of the work, "How wonderful that...Artpark repeating in the spirit of Gene Davis says we're going to try the impossible, we're going to build this again....It's outrageous, it's impossible, but I think we can make it, and make the impossible something that we recognize, and champion, and want to stand behind."

Artpark invites everyone to watch the piece come together or to enjoy once it is complete.


Check out our video on the Kickstarter page!