Buffalo Renaissance Foundation

Spirit of Transportation

In 2014, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation placed its second sculpture of the Spirit of Buffalo Series at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Swan Street. This sculptural art piece was created by Buffalo artist Sarah Fonzi, and stands 16 feet tall, made completely of stainless steel. The structure is 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, a local artist, has exhibited her acclaimed sculptures nationally and internationally. The Spirit of Transportation pays homage to the history of the bicycle industry that flourished in Buffalo and led to the city’s growth as an automobile-manufacturing center during the dawn of the twentieth century.  

SPIRIT OF TRANSPORTATION
ARTIST: Sarah Fonzi
LOCATION: 149 Swan St., Buffalo, NY 14203
PROPERTY PARTNER: Swan Street Buffalo, LLC
DEDICATION DATE: August 2014