In a project that's set to expand the definition of "public art," Savarino Properties has enlisted the help of the Western New York Arts Services Initiative to organize a public contest for a new piece of public art that will adorn Savarino's property at 95 Perry St.
Today, after sorting through the entries, ASI announced the two lucky finalists: Shasti O'Leary Soudant, and the duo of Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze.
Their approaches to the project are remarkably different. Soudant's, called "Sluice," is made from enormous pieces of bright-orange metal designed to mirror the surrounding architecture and function as a "water sculpture":
Soudant said in a statement that the Day-glo orange pieces of metal echo "the graceful cylindrical funnel shapes of the region's surrounding grain elevators and [function] as a water sculpture when it rains." Her mockup of the metal sculptures instantly calls to mind her project for Toronto's "Nuit Blanche" in October, in which participants roamed the streets in Hazmat suits and wore bright orange helmets sprouting strange, springy tendrils meant to symbolize the components of a virus.
Droze and Adams, who collaborated on a mural on the side of Jim's Steakout near the intersection of Elmwood and Bidwell avenues, proposed a panel-based and somewhat grittier approach that attempts to reflect the building's Bauhaus influence. It's titled, simply, "Go!":
Citizens can sign on to ASI's Facebook page and vote for the proposal they like best by dropping a beneath the organization's post about the project. You can also read the artists' full statements on their proposals there.
And, just for fun, you can also vote here (anonymously!) on which design you like better.*
*Please note that this vote does not count as part of the official contest, and you need to visit the ASI Facebook page in order for your choice to register.)