Caught on Camera
April 1980: Kenneth Snelson
Coronation Day by Kenneth Snelson was constructed in April 1980 in the City Court Plaza on Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo. The abstract sculpture is composed of twelve chrome steel tubes suspended by a web of steel cables. There is harmony throughout the design of the work: the triangular base is made of three upright steel tubes, which are reflected by three inverted tubes reaching out toward the sky. The sculpture was funded jointly by the City of Buffalo and the National Endowment for the Arts and was created with the intention of becoming the key artwork downtown, a place for people to gather. Snelson’s work has been featured in three exhibitions at the Albright-Knox and the museum has several of his works in the Collection. Four Chances, 1982, can be seen on the museum’s grounds.
The Albright-Knox, in partnership with Erie County and the City of Buffalo, will present a variety of public art installations as part of the Public Art Initiative, established in 2013. A new temporary public art installation is currently on view on the north façade of the Central Library branch of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library at Lafayette Square, just a few blocks from Coronation Day. Tape Art, a collective of artists from Providence, Rhode Island, created a mural titled Buffalo Caverns made entirely of low-adhesive tape. The mural will be on view through Friday, August 29. When you visit Buffalo Caverns, make sure to visit Coronation Day and see a part of Buffalo’s public art past while enjoying a new work before it disappears!
Images courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection and Archives, Buffalo, New York. © 2014 Albright-Knox Art Gallery