But yesterday was a significant birthday. As a gift, my wife surprised me with an original artwork created for me by artist, and long-time friend Ken Root. It's about four feet long and just about two feet tall. It is of Elmwood Avenue, the shopping/dining/entertainment area of Buffalo in which I live. It is made of found objects - screws, pencils, scrap wood, metal pieces, a can lid, bottle tops, medallions, and other items, as well as items my wife provided that are personal to us.
The panorama of the Elmwood Village goes from Bidwell Circle to Symphony Circle. Ken has created a couple dozen of these sculptures - most of Buffalo scenes, but he's done others of Toronto and as more abstract pieces. You can find his website here and see samples of his other works. He's got a great image of Buffalo's Hoyt Lake in wintertime that depicts the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Rockwell Hall and the Historical Society -- all built on top of a metal sled!
|That's our house he's added. Lots of flowers throughout the piece representing Garden Walk Buffalo.|
|This is the pin I bought for each of my groomsmen in my wedding in 1989.|
|The airplane is from my wife, a nod to her 29 years as a flight attendant. Tree trunks made of champagne cage wires. The coin on top that makes the sun/moon is a .50 Euro representing our foreign travel and 50th birthday.|
|Here is one of my daughter's baby teeth, incorporated into the pink store, "Sweet Tooth" the actual name of an ice cream store that was on Elmwood Avenue.|
|Symphony Circle - another H.B. 50 medallion and a very small Toro Tapas Bar logo, a logo I designed many years ago with the help of Ken Root. This is also First Presbyterian Church - complete with Rose window!|
|Ken provided a dimmable light for the piece. It's in our dining room. It makes a great addition to our colorful house, at one time dubbed the "Cartoon Castle."|