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Flowers are blooming on Washington Street

Posted: 9:21 PM, Sep 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 21:21:53-04

Walking out of the Erie County Public Library, there is a garden of beautiful flowers and there used to be an empty wall behind it-- but thanks to Aaron Ott, the flowers extend into the Sinclair building in the form of paint. 

Ott is a public art curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and is one of the people in charge of making public art available all around Buffalo. This mural, which has yet to be named, is apart of the AK Public Art initiative that provides the public with art in the form of murals, billboards, sculptures and theater. 

"People are really hungry for public art in the region," Ott said. "They definitely like to see culture in their daily lives and they want to feel apart of it." 

Murals have been popping up all over the city and Ott attributes that to the public's want for more art on the streets. 

This mural on the Sinclair building on Washington Street blooms with color of native Western New York flowers. The artist, Louise "0uizi" Jones is a Detroit, Michigan native that specializes in murals. She travels across the U.S. making the boring bricks of a city into something beautiful. 

"Being able to connect with people on a very personal level even if I do not get to meet them when I make a piece in a city," Jones talked about what she loves about making murals. "I'm relating to them in a very special way." 

The mural is planned to be complete by September 10th.   

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