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New public sculpture installed in downtown Niagara Falls

A new sculpture, meant to depict the flowing waters of Niagara Falls, was installed Friday at Old Falls and First streets in the Cataract City's downtown core.

The work by Buffalo artist Jesse Walp, an associate professor at Villa Maria College, cost $60,000 and was paid for by USA Niagara Development Corp.

"Arch on Old Falls Street" consists of 1,300 pounds of aluminum tubes with some blue rubber resin balls, the same color as Maid of the Mist ponchos. Walp's design was chosen by USA Niagara with help from Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Curator Aaron Ott.

The work is 14 feet wide and 26 feet tall. It took Walp a month to assemble with help from his colleagues Cory Butler, Travis Mills and Cooper McDonald. Jentsch & Co. of Buffalo fabricated and bent the tubes.

"I just noticed the power of the water catapulting over the falls and I thought, 'I want to capture that power,' " Walp said.

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