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ECHDC, Ryan announce new public art display coming to Buffalo Outer Harbor


Mon, Aug 7th 2017 01:00 pm
`Flat Man` (Submitted photo)
"Flat Man" (Submitted photo)
'Flat Man' sculpture being prepared for waterfront site
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced Monday that ECHDC has entered into an agreement with Griffis Sculpture Park to erect a major sculpture on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. "Flat Man," a 30-foot steel sculpture, will be located on the Greenway Nature Trail near the water's edge.
The sculpture has recently been moved from Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, New York, to Essex Art Center on Buffalo's West Side to prepare it for installation. Work on the concrete base should begin next week, while installation should be complete by the first week of September.
"Exposing our guests to public art at Canalside and the Outer Harbor is important to ECHDC," ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia said. "We are pleased with the feedback we have received about 'Shark Girl' and the 'Silent Poets' at Canalside, and we believe 'Flat Man' will also be well received at the Outer Harbor."
"I am pleased to be able to once again team up with ECHDC to improve Buffalo's waterfront," Ryan said. "I am particularly happy that we have selected a local artist to feature as part of our public art collection. Larry Griffis Jr. was a lifelong Buffalo resident whose work can be seen throughout the region and beyond. Having his 'Flat Man' piece displayed on the Outer Harbor is an appropriate way to showcase the talents of one of WNY's greatest artists."
"Flat Man," created in 1963 by Griffis, is an iconic piece that originated at Griffis Sculpture Park, one of the first and largest sculpture parks in North America. The sculpture, standing almost three stories high and weighing close to 3,000 pounds, has resided on the East Hill of Griffis Sculpture Park for over 51 years.
One of the most loved features of the piece is the heart shape in the body, which creates a message of love and inclusivity.
The sculpture was part of a large commission that included "The Dancer," "Round Man," "Fecund Figures," "Deserted," "The Oracle and the Clown," which were fabricated at a warehouse on Niagara Street prior to the purchase of the Essex Arts Center. The sculptures were originally placed at Kissing Bridge, but were moved in 1966 when The Ashford Hollow Foundation purchased 450 acres in East Otto, where the artworks have stood as beacons welcoming visitors to the sculpture park.
"We are so excited and honored to have 'Flat Man' installed at the Outer Harbor and allow people to view the piece in a new way," said Nila Griffis Lampman, executive director of the Ashford Hollow Foundation for the Visual and Performing Arts. "I know that Larry Griffis would be pleased that one of his works will be prominently displayed on Buffalo's revitalized waterfront."
"Flat Man" will be on loan from Griffis for five years beginning this fall. The location allows the sculpture to be viewed by boats in the water, pedestrians on bike or foot, and visitors at the bell slip.
For more information on ECHDC, visit www.eriecanalharbor.com.

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