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Mural - "Roberto Clemente"
472 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY

An oversized image of Roberto Clemente’s face has appeared in the form of a wheatpaste on Niagara Street, near the corner of Hudson. The image was applied by artist Max Collins, and adds some artistic life to a section of Niagara Street that could use some imaginative works of this nature.

I took a closer look at the wheatpaste mural earlier this morning, and liked the way that Roberto Clemente’s face kinda peeks out from around the side of the building. In recent years, while works of art have been scattered throughout the city, Niagara Street has missed the boat on this trend. "My father owns the business where the mural is going up and has been there for 25 years," adds Alex. "We hope to inspire the neighborhood by showing that art is key to beautifying all areas of town. It will also add to the identity of Avenida San Juan, the City’s landing ground for Puerto Ricans since a big wave of immigration in the 1980’s. Roberto is a hero on the island. He was an outstanding ball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and overcame the adversity of being a dark skinned athlete during the years of civil unrest. His willingness to sacrifice was also solidified in that he died in a plane crash while delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua, on New Years eve 1972."

Color photos and their arrangement 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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