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Looking back on a busy season of public art

If you blinked at any point during Buffalo's breathless summer and early fall, you probably missed one or more pieces of eye-popping public art.

Until the season starts up again next spring, here's a brief look back at some of the most memorable public art projects of the summer.

Katey Truhn and Jessie Unterhalter's "Noodle in the Northern Lights"

In June, Baltimore-based muralists Katey Truhn and Jessie Unterhalter transformed the northern wall of Shea's 710 Main Theatre into a riotous array of shapes and forms. Their work lent a sense of activity and motion to the Theater District, which is finally shedding its reputation as a sleepy neighborhood that only wakes up during performances at Shea's.

A view of Art Alley on the 400 Block of Third Street, seen on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

A view of Art Alley on the 400 Block of Third Street, seen on Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016 in Niagara Falls, N.Y. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Art Alley in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls High School art teacher Rob Lynch and Niagara Falls official Seth Piccirillo collaborated on this project, which has transformed an anonymous alley off 3rd Street into what they hope will become a destination for tourists and locals alike. The alley features work by an array of Western New York artists working in a range of styles, from illustration to abstraction.

Spectral Locus by artist Amanda Browder at the former Richmond Avenue Methodist Church, part of a public art project sponsored by Albright Knox Art Gallery, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Spectral Locus by artist Amanda Browder at the former Richmond Avenue Methodist Church, part of a public art project sponsored by Albright Knox Art Gallery, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Amanda Browder's "Spectral Locus"

Perhaps the most Instagrammed public art project since "Shark Girl," Amanda Browder's transformation of three Buffalo buildings into temporary fabric installations was the talk of the town this summer. To complete the ambitious project, Browder sought donation of thousands of yards of fabric from Western New Yorkers, many of whom participated in several "sewing days" to help create the patchwork sheaths.

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Roberley Bell's sculptures in Tifft Nature Preserve were designed to draw attention to the natural habitat. (Photo by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Roberley Bell's "Locus Amoenus"

Art and ecology shared space in this strange and elegant installation by Roberley Bell, which featured sculptures of fauna and drew attention to ecologists' efforts to preserve the natural habitat of the Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo.

Daniel Galas' "72 Jewett"

Not far from Team Razor Wire's glowing "Tower of Power" is a remarkable mural by Buffalo artist Daniel Galas, who has adored the side of Koch Metal Spinning with depictions of important neighborhood buildings rendered in his playful and alluring illustrative style. All of the buildings are within walking distance of the Trimain Building, which houses Galas' studio.

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Vinny Alejandro's "Service in Motion" at Amvets Medallion Post #13

Military veteran Vinny Alejandro is known for his illustrative murals, the newest of which pays tribute to the men and women of the American military. The mural, at 25 Review Place, was commissioned by the River Rock Community Coalition.

Email Colin Dabkowski at cdabkowski@buffnews.com.

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