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30-foot 'Flat Man' sculpture installed on Buffalo's waterfront

A renowned sculpture was relocated and unveiled Tuesday on Buffalo's Outer Harbor, adding to the number of public artworks displayed on the city's waterfront.

"Flat Man," a 30-foot steel sculpture created in 1963 by the late Larry Griffis Jr., is now located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water's edge. The sculpture was originally installed at Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, and last month was moved to the Essex Art Center on Buffalo's West Side in preparation for its most recent installation.

"'Flat Man' now joins the wind sculptures at Wilkeson Pointe, 'Shark Girl' and the Silent Poets' at Canalside, and the 'Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator' as a significant piece of public art on the waterfront," said Robert Gioia, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp.

"The "Flat Man' sculpture looks magnificent against the backdrop of Lake Erie," Gioia added.

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