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City Hallways (Sept. 29) That's a hip piece of artwork

Murals murals and more murals

It seems like public art murals are popping up everywhere around Buffalo.

A new one that honors The Tragically Hip is the newest one on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo. The mural shows frontman Gord Downie and is located on the side of the Hertel Liquor Library building. In May 2016 it was announced that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The artwork joins some other murals that have gone up over last spring and summer, including The Freedom Wall honoring local and national pioneers of civil and human rights. It was unveiled earlier this month at the northern entrance of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor at Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street.

"The Freedom Wall" public art mural at the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street.

Another mural simply called Buffalo went up at MVP Network Consulting at 1297 Hertel Ave. last month to celebrate Buffalo's rich history. But instead of being painted, the image was printed on high resolution vinyl or latex.

"Buffalo" mural at 1297 Hertel Ave.

Across the street, Magic Buffalo was unveiled this past June at the Joe's Deli building at the corner of Colvin Boulevard and Hertel Avenue.

"Magic Buffalo" mural that was painted on the Joe's Deli building at the corner of Hertel Avenue and Colvin Boulevard.

And the Welcome Wall was painted on the side of a building near the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue. It incorporates the word welcome in 13 different languages to celebrate the multicultural neighborhood surrounding it.

"The Welcome Wall" incorporates the word welcome in 13 different languages.


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Today at 1 p.m. at The Belle Center, 104 Maryland St., Mayor Byron Brown and representatives from the Western New York Latino Leadership will give an update on the donation drive currently underway to help the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island.


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