Hotel Henry was excited to welcome the press and community for the “Spirit of Community” Sculpture Dedication with the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Richardson Olmsted Campus, and Lipsey Architecture Center of Buffalo. The press and community enjoyed peppermint cocoa and mulled wine courtesy of 100 Acres: The Kitchens at Hotel Henry during the ceremony.
Hotel Henry’s team would like to thank Jake Schneider of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation for his opening and closing remarks, and sculptor Dániel Shafer for his incredible work and vision.
“Thank you for joining us today as we celebrate and WELCOME the newest ‘Spirit of Buffalo’ Sculpture, to Hotel Henry’s doorstep. We are grateful to the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation for including Hotel Henry and the Richardson Olmsted Campus in the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation Sculptural Art Initiative as the fourth of five thematic sculptural art installations throughout the Buffalo downtown area.
The unity sculpture celebrates the three centuries of our city of Buffalo, telling a story about the past, present and future. How appropriate to this site, as we believe that Hotel Henry is the iconic example of how Buffalo is connecting with its future through its past.
By repurposing and reusing Buffalo’s stock of historic structures, we use the history of the past, through the architecture that lives and breathes throughout our region, to move forward and connect with not only our Buffalo neighbors, but also a national and international audience.
Hotel Henry, as the newest member to Buffalo’s Cultural Corridor, has launched an art program this past year that strives to create museum-quality exhibits, engage the community as a key component of Buffalo’s cultural corridor, and fill the walls of the many spaces of Hotel Henry and these National Historic Landmark buildings, with incredible visual art for guests and visitors to enjoy.
Local and regional art throughout the hotel lends to Henry’s whimsical and fun atmosphere, offering classic and contemporary touches to complement historic elements and modern décor. The evolving art program will further the buildings’ transformation into a tourism, cultural and neighborhood amenity for the city.
The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation’s mission to engage the community through positive change and progress aligns perfectly with Hotel Henry’s mission of hospitality and neighborhood collaboration.
We couldn’t be more grateful to Buffalo Renaissance Foundation for this opportunity to continue our shared commitment to local art and community celebration.” -Diana Principe, Partner, Hotel Henry & CityInn Buffalo, LLC
ABOUT THE BUFFALO RENAISSANCE FOUNDATION SCULPTURAL ART INITIATIVE
In an effort to contribute to the City of Buffalo’s current resurgence, to enhance the community’s reputation as a cultural tourism destination and to inspire and inform our citizens and visitors of the rich traditions and potential of Buffalo, the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation has committed its resources to spearheading the placement of five (5) thematic sculptural art installations throughout the downtown area. These sculptures salute Buffalo in both traditional and contemporary art forms. Three of these art installations have been completed to date and the fourth, focused on the “Spirit of Community,” has arrived at Hotel Henry’s doorstep.