Buffalo, New York: Sixty Canoes Piled on a Pole

Artist Nancy Rubins arranged a giant pile of canoes on a pole in Buffalo. Named "Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Monochrome I, Built to Live Anywhere, at Home Here," it was unveiled in 2011.
Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY
On the north side of the city, outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, at intersection of Elmwood Ave. and Rockwell Rd. I-190 exit 11 onto Hwy 198. Drive one mile, take exit for Art Gallery/History Museum. Turn right onto N. Park Dr., then left onto Elmwood Ave. Museum on left; the boat sculpture is in front, at corner of Rockwell Rd.
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Canoes. Sixty Canoes Piled on a Pole

What if sixty canoes -- including a row boat or two in the mix -- piled up on a pole in the middle of downtown Buffalo? Sixty canoes shipped from California -- like the Finger Lakes region of New York doesn't have sixty canoes to spare. Right outside the Albright Knox Art Museum. It's named "Stainless Steel Aluminum Monochrome 1."

[Chris Harmon, 06/20/2013]

Sculptor Nancy Rubins has made a career of bundling similar things into big, elevated piles, then convincing cities to display them. Somehow she's managed to please both super-serious art critics and fans of crazy outdoor art.

Sixty Canoes Piled on a Pole

Nancy Rubins' public art includes a giant pile of boats on a pole in Las Vegas and a giant pile of airplane parts on a pole in Los Angeles. Now she's unveiled her newest work: a giant pile of canoes on a pole in Buffalo. This latest spiky mass appears to be Rubins' closest approximation yet to the chaotic G4 cable network logo, or to Superman's Fortress of Solitude. It's been given an unwieldy name, "Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Monochrome I, Built to Live Anywhere, at Home Here." As with her previous works, this one is reminiscent of a pile of debris left after a tidal wave, but up on a pole.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 07/03/2011]

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