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People's Park / Untitled sculpture
 Main Street between Jewett Avenue and Rodney Street
Buffalo, NY

“The park features growing beds that community members can use to hone their gardening skills, and a 30-seat amphitheater that can be used for concerts, presentations, and eventually outdoor movie nights. Originally envisioned as a sort of community art space, the park features a sculpture from an artist in the Tri-Main Building.

Developing plans for the park include installing a gazebo and chess tables, and having an indigenous plant investigation area for kids.”

-Anna Miller. Posted on ’08 Opening Of An Evolving People’s Park, by Queenseyes, on Buffalo Rising (Online June 2015)
It was Tom Montante’s vision to take a vacant parcel of land on Main Street near Jewett and create a pocket park similar to the ones he had seen in NYC.  The idea was to provide a green oasis in an urban environment and bring the neighborhood together.  Tom donated the land and the money for the infrastructure and worked together with community groups and organizations to develop the concept.  After a great deal of effort and cooperation, People’s Park opened its gates to the public on July 5, 2006.

From day one it has been a tremendous success with the neighboring residents and surrounding businesses.  Its original concept was to be a place where people could “gather, garden, and grow”, as evidenced by the raised and open garden beds used for growing vegetables/flowers.  Since then, People’s Park continues to evolve. 

Currently there are children’s reading, arts and science programs as well as an amphitheater which serves as a venue for small concerts and other social events.”

- Joanne Busch (Online June 2015)
Untitled sculpture
By Isabelle Pelissier
Welded steel, 7-ft. high, Revised size: Height: 6' 6'' x 2' x 2' 3''

This chair-like figure has organic features, posing somewhat like a plant made from steel. Associations for the work include referencing Buffalo as a Steel City and part of the Rust Belt that has coerced people to leave.

Pelissier wants people, whom she finds so friendly, to stay in the city and to appreciate the positive community environment. She uses opposites, joining the organic and fluid with the solid and static.

Her image of womanhood is meant to convey her sentiments reflected simply in these words: "steel" (to symbolize women’s strength), "sit" (to suggest relaxation and enjoyment), and "stay" (to convey commitment).

Isabelle Pelissier attended art school in Paris, France and started doing metal work in New Mexico. She has had solo exhibitions in Paris (1995), Santa Fe (1999), and Buffalo (2000) and her work has been included in group exhibitions at Hallwalls in Buffalo and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Pocket park ... Ford Plant/Tri-Main Building in background

"Untitled," by Isabelle Pelissier, an artist in the Tri-Main Building

Steel welding on sculpture

30-seat amphitheater  that can be used for concerts and presentations

Photos and their arrangement 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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