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Corning, New York: Brick Face: The Critic

A large face with its tongue sticking out emerges from the high brick wall of a building. Artist Tom Gardner also made a buffalo erupting from a brick wall a few blocks away.

Address:
89 W. Market St., Corning, NY
Directions:
Northwest side of downtown, on the east side of Chestnut St., just north of its intersection with W. Market St.
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Face Emerges From a Building

On the side of a congressman's office building, overlooking a grassy rectangle, there is a large silly face -- with its tongue sticking out -- emerging from the bricks.

[Dave Hollenbeck, 04/06/2022]

The face, created in 1997 by Tom Gardner, is called "The Critic." The congressman's office was formerly Gardner's studio, and Gardner built the face when the adjacent building was torn down. His inspiration was a grimacing souvenir coffee mug that he bought in Virginia.


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