Art On Site
Nicholas crombach's "flock"
"Flock" by Nicholas Crombach was chosen as the winner of the City of Niagara Falls Public Art competition. “Flock” consists of a cast aluminum sculpture depicting three migratory songbirds frozen in flight. Rendered at a larger than life scale, and positioned to create a roughly pyramidal shape, these unique yet unified birds represent three of the many diverse bird species who migrate to and from the Niagara Region each year.
According to Nicholas, "Flock commemorates the inherent beauty found in spaces and events which bring people together, while at the same time reflecting the natural environment and reminding viewers of our collective duty to protect it. As such, it reflects Niagara Falls itself as a destination which enables vibrant intermingling of cultures and communities, in combination with stunning natural wonders and critical ecosystems.”
jacob headley's "progress"
"Progress" by Jacob Headley was chosen as the winning mural for the City of Niagara Falls Wilma Morrison Digital Art competition. Wilma Morrison (1929 - 2020) was a Niagara Falls citizen of black ancestry who gave extensive time, energy, and talents to create awareness and appreciation of the contributions made by the many black pioneers and residents of Niagara’s history.
Jacob had this to say about the art piece: "I have chosen to portray Wilma’s portrait as the main focal point of the rendering as this is ultimately a tribute to her and her amazing life and family. When learning about Wilma, she was clearly someone who was deeply loved and respected by those around her. Wilma was, among many things: a mentor, a teacher, a historian. It became very apparent she had a deep passion for the preservation of black history within the Niagara region. This piece is a portrayal of not only Wilma herself but also the history, of which, she was so passionate to help preserve. Wilma was of the opinion that if we do not know where we come from, it will be hard to know where we are going"
dillon douglas' "birth of THE ARTIST"
Dillon Douglas’ vivacious work was selected to run across the 32 meters of the Market Hall, facing Main Street. A detail of it is shown here.
“We wanted to create something supremely vibrant, modern and complex. We didn't want to create just a mural. We wanted to create a manifesto—one of inclusivity, artistic dynamism and freedom. Things that the Niagara Falls Exchange will embody. The mural is about metamorphosis: the artist changes, mutates, evolves--putting themselves on the line, leaping off a ramp into the sky, like the daredevil. It's a story about struggle, possibility and evolution. Near the end of the mural, we also wanted to include a music machine and a tractor to acknowledge the multi-functional nature of the Exchange as a cultural hub and farmer's market--that it's truly a place of community and inclusivity. The two hands that frame the piece hold us together, hold the mural together, hold the community together. We are all part of this story, regardless of our particular identity.”