Buffalo Renaissance Foundation

Dedication of the “Spirit of Transportation” Sculpture

August | 2014

Press Release

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Dedication of the “Spirit of Transportation” Sculpture
Schneider Development Honored to Receive Second BRF Sculpture

 

Buffalo, New York – August 14, 2014 – As the next step in its continuing effort to move the community forward, The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) will dedicate the “Spirit of Transportation” sculpture at the Apartments @ the Hub 149 Swan St. on Tuesday, August 19, 10:00AM, just around the corner from the historic Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. BRF chose Schneider Development’s Swan Street location because it is the growing hub of Buffalo’s bicycle culture, featuring tenants such as The Bike Shop, HUB Fit Studio and the HandleBar Pub and Cafe.

 

spirit-1The sculpture, designed by Sarah Fonzi, will be a 16-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide stainless steel structure of a tree trunk flowering into a bicycle, symbolizing the sustainable nature of the bicycle as a growing means of self-propelled, urban transportation.

 

Ms. Fonzi is a local artist, currently running a metal shop at The Foundry, who has exhibited her acclaimed sculpture nationally and internationally. There will be other local artists, BRF representatives, the Schneider Development team and community representatives in attendance at the dedication.

 

This sculpture itself is the second installment of a series by the BRF, which is dedicating a total of five unique sculptures across Buffalo over the course of five years. The first sculpture, designed by local artist Valeria Dihaan, is called the “Spirit of Life,” and can be viewed at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The next planned sculptural dedication will be a life-size rendition of Theodore Roosevelt, to be unveiled at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, located at 641 Delaware Avenue, September 2015.

 

Founded in 1981, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation (BRF) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to moving Buffalo forward.

 

Schneider Development shares a similar mission as it focuses on the adaptive reuse of historically significant plots and buildings in Buffalo. For more information on past, current and future Schneider Development projects, visit their website: schneiderdevelopmentservices.com.

 

 

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