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Sculpture preview planned for village

Hamburg village residents interested in what kind of art will be decorating the main streets for the next century or so are invited to a presentation at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in Village Hall.

Sculptor Larry W. Griffis III will present drawings of his initial concepts for as many as six metal sculptures that will be on Main and Buffalo streets -- including the four roundabouts -- as part of the street reconstruction project scheduled to begin in the spring of 2007.

Griffis, whose works include the hockey goalies on the facade of HSBC Arena, "Eternal Spring" in Forest Lawn and the Grant Street overpass, all in Buffalo, has a $15,000 consulting contract with the village.

The village plans to spend about another $150,000 on sculptures, and Griffis has indicated he can work with that amount, Robert Pauley, village administrator, said Thursday.

Griffis, whose father founded Griffis Sculpture Park near Ellicottville, has given the village some preliminary sketches.

Several are of children climbing a tree, one of a mother and child reading, one of a mother with a child on her shoulders, two boys fishing, a tree with two birds in it and three deer around the trunk and several smaller bird sculptures.

At the large roundabout proposed at the village entranceway at Legion and Clark streets, the Village Board has asked for something demonstrating vibrancy and growth.

At Buffalo and Main streets, a work recalling the grist mill that early settler Isaac Long operated there has been called for.

Sculptures are also proposed for the Eighteenmile Creek overlook and a proposed "pocket park" at the site of a former car dealership on South Park Avenue at Clark Street.

The Village Board will make the final selections.


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