Buffalo Renaissance Foundation

Spirit of Community

“SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY” ARRIVES AT HOTEL HENRY’S DOORSTEP

BUFFALO RENAISSANCE FOUNDATION BRINGS THE NEWEST “SPIRIT OF BUFFALO” SCULPTURE TO THE RICHARDSON OLMSTED CAMPUS, A NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED HISTORIC REHABILITATION PROJECT

Spirit of Community

The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the Richardson Center Corporation, Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center, and the (Lipsey) Buffalo Architecture Center collaborated on the installation of a contemporary sculptural artwork on the newly  renovated Richardson Olmsted Complex.

The North Entrance to the Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center welcomed the new piece of art as part of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Sculptural Art Initiative’s “Spirit of Buffalo” sculpture series in January 2018.

The “Spirit of Community” by Dániel Shafer features three circles of Unity, continuously looping to celebrate the three centuries of our City of Buffalo, telling a story about our past, present, and future. The soft, feminine lines contrast from the strong, masculine lines of H.H. Richardson’s design with a flowing pattern provoking contemplation by visitors and travelers. The open shape compliments the Towers Building without obstruction, welcoming visitors with an inviting embrace. “Spirit of Community” was executed in Corten weathering steel and stands 22 feet in diameter. Dániel works with bronze and mixed media sculpture, questioning the dominance of accepted norms and perceived societal roles in shaping people’s behavior and freedom.

“The mission of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, to engage the community through positive change and progress, aligns perfectly with Hotel Henry’s mission of hospitality and neighborhood collaboration. We couldn’t be more grateful to BRF for this opportunity to continue our shared commitment to local art and community celebration.” – Geno Principe, Partner, Hotel Henry