If you’re attending a Sabres game this season, and you find yourself walking around the Cobblestone District, you might just happen upon this 30′x60′ mural that went up over the weekend. Although not quite finished (when this photo was taken on Saturday), the image will ultimately be that of the original Michigan Avenue lift bridge* – yes, the same one that was destroyed by an errant freighter as it veered off course. The bridge was never replaced unfortunately and that’s partially why it’s so hard to get the Outer Harbor (see more).
Artist Carley Jean Parrish painted the image on canvas as part of a mixed medium art installation. Along with the canvas (printed on woven nylon mesh fabric), there is also aspects of relief metal and sculptural elements, giving the surface a multi-dimensional appearance. The mural, entitled Many Small Ships, graces the backside of John McKendry’s Hi-Temp Fabrication building – the same building that recently acted as host to this Sarah Myers exhibit. Look for the work of art at the back parking lot of 79 Perry Street, situated on Illinois Street across from the First Niagara Center.
*River Fest Park has an informational plaque with photo dedicated to the bridge, and will in the future boast an entranceway that pays homage to the lost structure.
^The original photo can be found at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society