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Buffalo’s garden-inspired murals

Murals have been popping up like weeds throughout Buffalo

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“Botanical Blueprint” detail. Individual images were made by visitors to Garden Walk Buffalo in July 2019.

Murals have been popping up all over Buffalo – like good weeds! Many are nature- or garden-inspired murals. Here are some of which I have photos. Other murals do have flowers or plants in them, but these feature them prominently.

You can stand in front of a mural of butterfly wings, boosting your pollinator cred on Elmwood near Hodge.

Another Westside mural was, in part, created by visitors to Garden Walk Buffalo. They were invited to placed found flowers and leaves from Garden Walk gardens on photo sensitive paper. Artist Hillary Waters Fayle then made a quilt-like pattern of those prints in a large-scale mural (Dewitt Street). The visitors got to keep their photo print – so dozens of Garden Walk visitors own pieces of this mural.

There’s even a koi pond mural you can walk on, by Mark Madden, on a hellstrip – between sidewalk and street (Summer Street at Elmwood Avenue).

The first floral mural below, by Cassandra Ott, is on Elmwood Avenue – and I can see a sliver of it from my kitchen window!

Sources to see more of Buffalo’s murals are linked below. There does not seem to be one single source that has all murals listed. Part of that is the speed at which the murals are being created. It’s hard to keep up!

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831 Elmwood Avenue, Cassandra Ott, commissioned by and commemorating the 25th anniversaries of Garden Walk Buffalo and the Elmwood Village Association.
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Larkin Square, Casey Kelly
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Summer Street at Elmwood, Chuck Tingley, in partnership with the Flutterby Festival.
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1330 Niagara Street, Nicole Cherry, 1800s Bikes in Vines
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465 Washington Street, Louise Jones, Wildflowers for Buffalo, 2018, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative.
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Hertel Alley, Nicole Cherry
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463 Elmwood Avenue, Nicole Cherry
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1084 Elmwood Avenue (in progress on the Half & Half building), Chris Piontkowski, in partnership with the Flutterby Festival.
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Hertel Alley, Chuck Tingley
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South Park and Hamburg Streets, Nicole Cherry. Photo by Buffalo Rising.
Hellstrip mural at Summer Street and Elmwood Avenue, Mark Madden, 2019, in partnership with the Fllutterby Festival
Hellstrip mural at Summer Street and Elmwood Avenue, Mark Madden, 2019, in partnership with the Flutterby Festival.
244 Dewitt Street, Hillary Waters Fayle, "Botanical Blueprint", 2019, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Public Art Initiative.
244 Dewitt Street, Hillary Waters Fayle, Botanical Blueprint, 2019, commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Public Art Initiative.

 

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

1 comment on “Buffalo’s garden-inspired murals

  1. LOVE this artwork, Jim – such a great addition/amplification of the gardens.

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