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Louise Jones’s Wildflowers for Buffalo, 2018, at 465 Washington Street in Buffalo. Photograph by MK Photo.

Location: 465 Washington Street (Get Directions)

The floral motifs artist Louise Jones incorporated into Wildflowers for Buffalo were inspired by the local landscape. Based on conversations with horticulturists and on her own research, Jones identified a number of plants native to the region as the basis for this mural; these include (from top left to bottom): red clover, coneflower (echinacea), burdock, chicory, Queen Anne’s lace, thistle, lamb’s quarters, swamp rose, and yarrow. The artist was drawn to these species not only for their connection to the Buffalo region but also for their role in herbal medicine traditions as aides for bringing about well-being. Later, she supplemented this selection of flora with what she called “special cultivated guests”: strawflowers and pussy willows that she encountered thriving on a farm in Eden. At 80 feet tall by 160 feet wide, Wildflowers for Buffalo is the largest mural of Jones’s career and the largest AK Public Art Initiative mural to date.

About the Artist

Louise Jones is a Detroit-based, globe-trotting artist with a robust mural practice. Jones has executed work in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and Shanghai, among other major international cities. Her work in Buffalo will be the largest mural of the artist’s career and the largest mural in Western New York.

Project Sponsors

This mural has been made possible through the generosity of Hodgson Russ LLP, Nottingham Advisors, and the New Era Cap Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Company and the sponsors of the Summer of AK.

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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