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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.

Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY
On the west side of Lincoln Pkwy, on the east lawn of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, facing Delaware Park.
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Sixty Canoes Piled on a Pole

The area is currently under construction and you can't get to this.

[Jenn, 08/14/2021]

Pile of canoes.

Sixty Canoes Piled on a Pole

Easy to pull in and around a loop to see and photograph this cool sculpture. Worth a drive by if you're in Buffalo.

[Alex, 04/06/2015]


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.

[ Team, 07/03/2011]

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