Canalside showcasing artwork

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM EDT

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Canalside showcasing artwork

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM EDT

Public art is among the new attractions to Canalside in Buffalo.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. wants to show off local artists and their work this summer and the first addition is the "MirrorMirror" tents. The work was created by the architecture and design firm Davidson Rafailidis, which is led by George Rafailidis and Stephanie Davidson, architecture faculty members at the University at Buffalo.

Officials said the project is commissioned jointly by Storefront for Art and Architecture, a nonprofit organization committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design and the New Museum, a contemporary art museum in Manhattan.

The eight tents were brought to Canalside in collaboration with the echo Art Fair that will take place at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

The "MirrorMirror" tents won the IDEAS City StreetFest Tenting Competition in 2013, which included more than 80 other submissions from around the world.

"MirrorMirror" is a 12-feet-by-16-feet base unit. The design includes a simple 45 degree-angled gable roof consisting of mirroring panels made from sheets of Mylar foil, which are stretched over foam-and-aluminum frames. Visitors get to see a unique perspective since the mirrors reflect various areas that eyes may not notice on their own.

The "MirrorMirror" tents will be on display at Canalside until Aug. 15.

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