Patrick J. Flanigan
City of Rochester
“(Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the public art component of the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project is complete with the installation of five new sculptures near the Erie Harbor apartments between the Genesee River and Mount Hope Avenue.
“The Erie Harbor Enhancement Project has played a major role in opening the Genesee River to Rochester’s South Wedge Neighborhood, resulting in a tremendous rise in property values and increased investment across Southeast Rochester” said Mayor Warren. “This project underscores how investments in our quality of life help us create more jobs, safer more vibrant neighborhoods and provide all our children with a quality education. These new sculptures provide the finishing touches on a new landscape that is making our city even more beautiful.”
The five sculptures are a colorful porcelain mosaic titled “Erie Harbor Bird,” by artists Jill Gussow; and four nautical themed steel and stone spheres by artists Pietro Furguiele and Patrick Doyle titled “Hope Buoy,” “Wedge Buoy,” “Wave Buoy” and “Anchor Buoy.”
The sculptures are situated to be visible from the Mount Hope Avenue sidewalk, public walkways between the Erie Harbor Apartments and the Genesee Riverway Trail.
The art was selected through an open art competition to enhance public enjoyment of the area. The cost of the public art was $172,000, which was partially funded by a grant from the New York State Department of State, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
Performed in conjunction with the private development of the Erie Harbor Apartments by Conifer Realty, the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project has improved the public space adjacent to the apartment buildings by creating open sightlines and public access between the Genesee River and Mount Hope Avenue immediately north of Ford Street.
News Media: For more information, contact Press Officer Jessica Alaimo at 428-7135.”