August 19, 2021

CityLab Celebrates Magnificent Summer of Murals in Buffalo

As a new CityLab piece makes immediately clear, “it’s becoming hard to track all the new murals being painted in the City of Buffalo.”

As the city experiences a renaissance of public art so to speak, we are proud to be playing a role. In recent weeks, our D’Youville Health Professions Hub and 201 Ellicott projects have welcomed murals from prestigious national artists. Maya Hayuk painted “The Tree of Y” mural at D’Youville and Josef Kristo created “Golden Hour” at the 201 project.

“It’s truly been a dream-come-true kind of summer for me and our team,” said Mike Tunkey, Design Principal at CannonDesign. “To have multiple, community-focused projects opening up in the city is incredible. But then, to layer in public art from some of the most renowned artists of our time…it’s just outstanding. They have brightened our summer, our projects and our cityscape so beautifully.”

Per the CityLab piece, Buffalo expects 15 new murals this summer. According to Cecily Brown, an artist painting another mural in the city this summer and quoted in the story, “the only place I’ve been that has more murals is São Paulo. ”

The expansive public art push in the city isn’t just happenstance. As Mike Tunkey indicates, “There’s an incredible coalition of people and organizations working to make this happen and reshape Buffalo. Every one of them should be proud of what’s transpiring in our city this summer.”

Other institutions driving this public art transformation include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Ciminelli Real Estate, University at Buffalo, and many, many others.