A bold, graphic mural that packs nearly every conceivable symbol of Buffalo's past and present onto three garage door panels was chosen as the winner of a public art contest launched last month by HarborCenter.
The winning artists are Thomas Paul Asklar and Matthew Sinclair Conroy of Lewiston, who went head to head in a public voting competition with five other entries from local artists.
The design, according to a HarborCenter release, "symbolizes the renaissance of Buffalo and the new beginning of the Queen City, while paying tribute to its past."
It features a range of Buffalo-inspired imagery set against neon-bright graphic backgrounds, from a towering grain elevator and Buffalo's Art Deco City Hall to figures and fragments evocative of the Erie Canal and the region's Native American heritage.
“Our intention with this contest was to showcase Western New York’s art community by displaying a locally produced mural that pays tribute to the history of downtown Buffalo and this historic district,” said Frank Cravotta of Pegula Sports and Entertainment. “This design provides insightful perspective into our city’s history, while painting an optimistic view of our future."
According to the HarborCenter release, the mural will be installed this spring.
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