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A Closer Look: New public art projects in Larkinville, Old First Ward

It's not all about "Shark Girl." At least, not entirely.

During the past few weeks, Buffalo neighborhoods have seen the addition of several new murals and other public art projects. Though most of the attention has focused on the extremely popular and selfie-ready sculpture at Canalside and the subsequent "you are beautiful" billboards, these other projects are worth a look as well.

In Buffalo's Old First Ward last month, community members led by local artist Vincent Alejandro put the finishing touches on a sprawling mural honoring the neighborhood's history and ongoing resurgence. A look:

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Sarah Fonzi's bicycle-themed sculpture "The Spirit of Transportation," sponsored by the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, recently popped up at 149 Swan St. Below, artist Sarah Fonzi poses next to her sculpture "The Spirit of Transportation." (Photo from damonmorey.com.):

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And back in the Old First Ward, where artist Chris Kameck recently installed a mural featuring an Erie Railroad locomotive, part of a publicity campaign for the under-renovation Barrel Factory.

Developers are hoping to lure a distillery, brewery and other businesses to the 45,000 square foot space, which formerly house the Quaker City Cooperage. The mural is on the corner of the building at Hamburg and Republic streets. Here's a pic of Kameck installing the mural last month:

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