Art in the park
Free admission, open daily during park hours (dawn to dusk)
Murmuration is a structure that creates a place for gathering in the landscape. Echoing a flock of birds midair, the installation appears to continually shift its shape as visitors catch glimpses across the rolling Artpark topography. Murmuration is a gifted installation from the SO-IL studio and was recently transferred from its original location at the High Museum in Atlanta to its new home at Artpark. This is the largest installation on display at Artpark since Omega in 1980. The work was designed by Florian Idenburg, Ted Baab, Andrew Gibbs, and Ray Rui Wu. More info
unity in diversity
Along with Murmuration (see below), Artparks’ second debut work this fall of 2021 is Muhammad Z Zaman’s Unity in Diversity. Zaman is the 2021 Summer Artist-in-Residence at Artpark, specializing in urban art and calligraffiti. His script is deeply inspired by ancient practices while incorporating modern and urban techniques and influences. He weaves a unique narrative that uses elements from each of three languages that have significant personal meaning – English, Bangla, and Arabic. Unity in Diversity is an invitation of hope that humanity will be stronger with mutual connection and inclusiveness. More info
Artpark's Sonic Trails is a visionary season of site-reactive audio experiences presented in a mobile app designed by The Holladay Brothers, curated and co-produced by Sozo Creative. With a hyper-local and global perspective, Sozo Creative and Artpark have brought together some of the most influential BIPOC voices in music to cultivate aural experiences exploring the unique geological and historic Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park (located on Niagara Gorge, just seven miles from Niagara Falls). More info
Niagara 1979 By Gene Davis Re-Installation
In the summer of 1979, artist Gene Davis created this artwork entitled "Niagara 1979," made up of 60, two-foot wide by 364-foot long lines rolled in nine different colors. The artwork of over 43,000 square feet was the world’s largest painting and thousands came out to experience it. In 2017 Artpark launched a Kickstarter campaign that hailed the support of over 145 community backers to re-install the painting. More Info
THE SOLO ROTHS WALTZ ACROSS THE RED HOT COLOSSUS LOT
This public art project completed in August 2020 has transformed Artpark’s 160,000 square foot lower parking lot (Lot D, South 4th Street entrance) into an expansive canvas of colorful playfulness that expresses universal connections of our shared humanity. Lead artists Rob Lynch & Matt SaGurney (The Solo Roths) collaborated with the Artpark Bridges Team (People Inc.; Cynthia Pegado - Director of Artpark Bridges; and Parkinson’s Community) to generate concepts and imagery to be painted in the Lower Parking Lot at Artpark. More Info
Supported by: Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union, Joe & Pam Priest, Marla & Jeff Williams
EMERALD GROVE BY JESSE WALP
Artpark and local artist Jesse Walp teamed up to present "Emerald Grove," a whimsical interactive art installation geared towards children and nature lovers. The installation consists of many different elements designed to represent topographic features and history of the Artpark grounds. Interactive elements include bridges, windmills, sculptural seating, an earth mound, a sundial, and large pod-like huts which stand at 15ft tall. The installation is located in the picnic grove next to Scott Burton's "A Picnic Table and Four Benches" (1983) concrete installation in between the Lower Park Information Center and the Artpark Gallery. More info
Photo by Joshua Maloni
artpark percussion garden
A Picnic Table and Four Benches, by Scott Burton (1979)
American sculptor Scott Burton's (1939-1989) series of tables and chairs challenges the distinction between furniture and sculpture, marrying function with aesthetics in the tradition of Russian Constructivism, De Stijl, and the Bauhaus. Artpark is proud to house his 1979 concrete installation, A Picnic Table and Four Benches, located between the Lower Park Information Center and the Artpark Gallery. It's the perfect place to contemplate whether form really does follow function!
Photo by Joshua Maloni
The native american peace garden
As part of the 2020 season's adapted festival program, Artpark unveiled the . The concept and initial design of the was the brainchild of Michele-Elise Burnett of Kakekalanicks Consultancy and brought to life by a team from the Tuscarora reservation made up of Bryan Printup, who finalized the design, and Rene Rickard, Vince Schiffert and Violet Printup. More info
Photo by Jordan Oscar
Urha’na’ni He’kye Yehęwáhkwa’tha
(Picking Up Our Canoes at the Edge of the Woods)
Created by Kanien'kehá:ka artist and scholar-activist Jodi Lynn Maracle, and Tuscarora linguist and activist Montgomery C. Hill, this steel tablet consists of text in Skaru:re, the language of the Tuscarora people, with English footnotes. The text excerpts the Kanęherathęhčreh, or Thanksgiving Address, which gives thanks to and acknowledges the natural world. The piece was commissioned in spring of 2018 by ArtPark, and the New York State Parks and permanently installed in June 2018. More info
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 has been curated by the Buffalo Audubon Society.
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
Gabriella D'Angelo - "PAL Bench"
Location: Richard's Marsh
Sarah McNutt and Nathanial Hall- "Natural Preservative"
Location: Artpark Woods at Oak Hill Project Entrance
Sue Berkey - "The Red Coyote"
Location: Artpark Woods
Karen Sirgey - "Pods"
Location: Artpark Woods
For more information, please contact Artpark Director of Family Programs Tanis Winslow at [email protected]