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At this point, I can almost write the stories with my eyes closed: According to a new report from (insert name of government agency or nonprofit here), arts and cultural organizations contributed (insert astoundingly high dollar figure here) to the (local/national/global) economy last year. The recent barrage of cultural economic impact studies, increasingly employed as …

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You’re not the only one too cold to move.“Shark Girl,” the sculpture by Cincinnati-based artist Casey Riordan Millard that captured the city’s imagination and dominated Instagram feeds last summer, is staying put for the time being. Plans to move the statue closer to the Ice at Canalside were delayed because the frigid weather has frozen it in …

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Amid a flurry of blue and gold balloons and hoisted iPhones, HarborCenter officials unveiled a bronze sculpture of NHL Hall of Famer and former Sabre Tim Horton Thursday afternoon across from HarborCenter's tricked-out Tim Hortons that opened earlier in the day.The statue was officially given to the City of Buffalo, on whose land it sits, by Tim Hortons USA and the local o…

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Casual visitors to Buffalo’s emerging hockey district could be forgiven for thinking they had accidentally crossed the border into Canada. First it was HarborCenter, the rising behemoth dedicated to the Canadian national pastime. Then it was the conversion of six grain silos into the world’s largest six-pack of Labatt Blue. And now it is the immortalization of Tim Horton…

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It's not all about "Shark Girl." At least, not entirely. During the past few weeks, Buffalo neighborhoods have seen the addition of several new murals and other public art projects. Though most of the attention has focused on the extremely popular and selfie-ready sculpture at Canalside and the subsequent "you are beautiful" billboards, these other projects are worth a lo…

Ready for mini “pop-up” parks in Buffalo, where selected parking spots are turned into temporary public parks by artists, designers and other citizens? PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event that began in San Francisco, will be held Friday at eight locations around the city: • Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – “Dana’s Pop-Up Preservation and Urba…

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Now starring on a billboard in your neighborhood: You.Or, more specifically, a message custom-tailored to boost your self-esteem and brighten your day, spelled out in bold, lower-case Helvetica letters: “you are beautiful”.The feel-good billboards, which are now popping up along area highways and thoroughfares, are part of a new public art project organized b…

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Well, that was fast. It took a grand total of 90 minutes after the debut of Casey Riordan Millard’s popular “Shark Girl” sculpture on Buffalo’s waterfront Tuesday for the first naysaying politician to chime in with a searing critique. “You paid for this statue folks,” Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy wrote on Twitter, invoking the common refrain of conserv…

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"Shark Girl," Buffalo's newest piece of public art, has generated a huge amount of feedback since the sculpture was unveiled Tuesday afternoon. Some find the piece to be a welcome interruption or a worthwhile curiosity, while others can't quite wrap their heads around the piece. Take a moment to share your opinion of "Shark Girl" below: [poll id="43"]

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Meet “Shark Girl,” Buffalo’s newest piece of public art. She’s casually perched on a rock at Canalside, wearing a blue dress with a red sash and looking perfectly prim and proper. Except for the menacing shark head, that is. This disconcerting public sculpture, unveiled this afternoon, is the work of Cincinnati-based artist Casey Riordan Millard and the fist permanent pi…

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It’s not graffiti. It’s not an elaborate crime-scene outline. It’s not the world’s largest DIY home-improvement project. All those scrunched-up strips of green and blue painters’ tape on the north wall of the Central Library are part of “Buffalo Caverns,” a temporary mural now being installed by the Rhode Island-based Tape Art collective. The mural is the first major pro…

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A collective of artists from Rhode Island will begin installing a new public art project made of tape on the exterior walls of the Central Library on Sunday, according to Albright-Knox Art Gallery public relations director Maria Morreale. UPDATE: The piece, called "Buffalo Caverns," will be made from painters' tape. Over the course of five days, the members of the Rhode I…

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The most blinged-out electrical box in Buffalo, a map of the Great Lakes made of old posters and two light poles masquerading as tropical trees are now on view at Canalside as part of a public art project affiliated with the upcoming Echo Art Fair. The artists were selected by former Buffalo Arts Studio director Cori Wolff and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's recently appo…