The votes are in, and Buffalo’s first major vote-driven public art project has been selected. Go!” – a bright, Bauhaus-inspired mural conceived by artists Augustina Droze and Bruce Adams – will be installed in the coming months on the south side of 95 Perry St., facing Helium Comedy Club, in the increasingly buzzworthy Cobblestone District.
The idea went head to head in a public voting process with a radically different concept from local artist Shasti O’Leary Soudant involving two enormous pieces of orange metal called “Sluice.” After the votes from the contest’s Facebook page were tallied, “Go!” emerged victorious by “a small margin,” according to a release from Savarino Companies, which owns 95 Perry St. and initiated the contest. The two entries were chosen by a panel of art experts, including artists Gerald Mead and Jax Deluca, Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator Aaron Ott and Tod Kniazuk of the Arts Services Initiative, which administered the contest.
“It was incredibly close,” Savarino Vice President Julia Sptiz said in a statement. “I think that speaks to the quality and beauty of the two proposals.”
Droze and Adams’ mural, according to the release, will feature “a retro-futuristic pop-Bauhuas ambiance, with elements drawn from Buffalo’s industrial heritage and the surrounding area.” The duo also collaborated on “Feast,” a bright mural on the side of Jim’s Steakout near the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.