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Detail from Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street in Buffalo

Detail from Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger.

AK Public Art Spotlight: Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint

October 15, 2019

It's shaping up to be another busy summer for AK Public Art! Here on the blog, we're taking a look back at how this year's class of murals, sculptures, and other projects grew and developed over time.

Community members at work during Garden Walk Buffalo 2019 on some of the cyanotypes that served as the inspiration for Hillary Waters Fayle’s Botanical Blueprint

Community members at work during Garden Walk Buffalo 2019 on some of the cyanotypes that served as the inspiration for Hillary Waters Fayle’s Botanical Blueprint.

Cyanotype prints of local plants created during Garden Walk Buffalo 2019 drying

Cyanotype prints of local plants created during Garden Walk Buffalo 2019 drying.

Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint in progress at 244 Dewitt Street

August 30: Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint in progress at 244 Dewitt Street. Photograph by Eric Jones.

Painting in progress on Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street

September 3: Painting in progress on Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Painting continues on Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint ​​​​​​​at 244 Dewitt Street

September 5: Painting continues on Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street. Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street in Buffalo. Photograph by Tom Loonan and Brenda Bieger.

Buffalo-born and Richmond-based artist Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint began as a series of cyanotype prints created in collaboration with visitors to the 25th anniversary edition of Garden Walk Buffalo in July 2019. Community members arranged portions of local plants on sun-sensitive paper, resulting in prints featuring their fragmentary silhouettes. The artist then used these prints as the basis for the imagery of Botanical Blueprint

For Waters Fayle, the significance of these plants goes beyond the aesthetic; as she explained, “plants are a marker of place, a connection to the land and to our past; native or invasive, the plants of our homes feel like old friends to us.” Within an urban context, especially one as rapidly changing and dynamic as neighborhood around , 244 Dewitt Street, she draws a parallel between the natural advantages of planting gardens with many different types of plants and the benefits diversity can bring to our human communities. “The plants in a garden support one another,” she explains, “and they work together to create a unified community. We can use that metaphor to talk about our own communities and to celebrate the beauty in our diversity.”

Check out Hillary Waters Fayle's Botanical Blueprint at 244 Dewitt Street or take a look at a complete map of all AK Public Art projects here.

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