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PUBLIC ART in DOWNTOWN SYRACUSE

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1.  SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MONUMENT
Artist:  Cyrus Dallin
Media: Bronze and Connecticut White Granite
Year Erected: 1910
Location:  Clinton Square, 100 Block W. Genesee St.

The monument contains the following inscriptions:

On east side: To the brave sons of Onondaga who served their country on land and sea that the Union might be preserved and the Constitution maintained.

On west side: This memorial is erected by the grateful people of Onondaga in appreciation of the glorious achievements of the men who vounteered their services in defense of the flag and for the preservation of the nation. 1861-1865. May their example speak to future generations.

On the north side: Beneath this stone are the names of 12,265 volunteers of Onondaga County, who served their country in the war of the rebellion. This monument stands as a tribute to the brave men who gave their lives in defense of the republic -whose names and heroic deeds are graven deep in the hearts of their country. We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That his nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln.

Soldiers Sailors3

2.  JERRY RESCUE MONUMENT
Artist:  Sharon BuMann
Medium:  Everdure Bronze with Patina
Year Erected:  1990
Location:  Clinton Square, 100 Block W. Water St.

The Jerry Rescue Monument tells the story of William Henry, an
escaped slave from Missouri who was living in Syracuse as Jerry
McReynolds and working as a cabinet maker when he was arrested
under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.  On October 1, 1851, a group
of citizens helped "Jerry" escape from jail and get away to Canada. 
This event helped establish Syracuse, NY as a hub of abolitionist
activity and a key stop on the Underground Railroad.

JerryRescue

3.  SPIRIT OF LIGHT
Artist:  Marvin L. King
Medium:  Stainless Steel
Year Erected:  1932
Location:  National Grid Building, 300 Erie Blvd. West

The Niagara Mohawk Building features an Art Deco-style allegorical winged figure representing "Light" on the building facade.  She wears a helmet and geometrically-cut gown.  Her arms are outstretched and her wings are spread.  Her legs form a geometric column.  This building is a preeminent example of the Art Deco style in Central New York.  

Spirit of Light 5 for web

4.  DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE MURAL
Artist:  Jeff Davies
Year Erected:  1992
Location:  246 W. Willow St.


Jeff Davies was a Syracuse artist whose most famous murals are on the interior and exterior walls of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant.

Dinosaur Mural 2

5.  DINOSAUR BAR-B-QUE MURAL
Artist:  Elliot Mattice
Year Erected:  2001
Location 246 W. Willow St.

Dino Mural Mattice for web2

6.  Ronnie "The Beast" Mastrovinzano
Artist:Elliot Mattice
Medium:  Fiberglass
Year Erected:  2002
Location:  Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St.

Part of the 2002 "Horses on Parade" charity event, this "Harley" horse reflects the biker-theme of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with tribal tattoos on the face and legs.

Dinosaur Horse

7.  "CLINTON SERENADE" MURAL
Artist:  Corky Goss & Chip Miller
Year Erected:  2010
Location:  100 Clinton Square

The five-story mural depicts a moonlit view of Downtown Syracuse's Clinton Square and the Erie Canal, circa 1912.

Clinton Serenade Mural

8.  MULE & DRIVER
Artist:  Tom Tischler
Medium:  Bronze
Year Erected:  1987
Location:  Erie Blvd. E. & Oswego Blvd.

This sculpture honors the men and mules who worked tirelessly on the Erie Canal towpath, located at this site.  The boats were pulled by the animals in six-hour shifts, twice a day for a total of 12 hours each day.  It was dedicated in 1987 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Erie Canal Museum.  It was made possible with gifts from the Gifford Foundation, the National Heritage Trust of New York State and the City of Syracuse.

Erie Canal Burro Boy

9  "MULE DAYS OF SUMMER" MURAL
Artist:  Kelly Curry
Year Erected:  2014
Location:  Erie Canal Museum, 300 Block E. Water St.

A colorful depiction of life on the Erie Canal in the 1800s, the mural shows a team of mules and their driver on the tow path, towing a canal boat along a rural section of canal just above a lift lock.  The mural was made possible by a grant through Syracuse University's Connective Corridor program.

Canal Museum Kelly Curry Mural

10.  "DOUBLE-ENDER" MURAL
Artist:  Corky Goss
Year Erected:  1989
Location:  Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E.

This two-story trompe-l'oeil mural depicts the activities that took place inside this "double-ender" building during the canal era when it was used as a flour and feed store.  Double-enders were a common building type on the side of the Erie Canal opposite the two path.  These unique structures had two distinct sides, one faced the canal, the other faced the street. Funding for the mural was provided by Niagara Mohawk, MONY, McDonald Foundation and EQBA of New York State.

Erie Canal Museum Corky Goss Mural

11.  Tectonic Sculpture 01 (The Hand)
Artist:  Brendan Rose
Media:  Concrete, Steel, Wood
Year Erected:  2008
Location:  City Hall Commons Plaza, 200 Block E. Washington St.

Tectonic Hand

12.  "S.ALT CITY" MURAL
Artists:  Brett Snyder & Irene Cheng
Medium:  Painted QR Codes
Erected:  2012
Location:  Back of 300 S. Warren St., visible from E. Fayette St.

The mural depicts a salt barge at a brine distribution center. On closer inspection, the mural reveals a mosaic comprised of hundreds of QR codes, each linking to a contemporary arts organization in the greater Syracuse region. The mural was funded through Syracuse University's Connective Corridor program.

Lemp Bldg QR Codes

13.  01001
Artist:  Tash Taskale
Medium:  Galvanized Steel Binary Numbers
Year Erected:  2012
Location:  Lemp Park, corner of E. Fayette & S. Warren St.

Lemp Park 2

14.  LOVERS' BENCH
Artist:  Brendan Rose
Medium:  Concrete
Year Erected:  2012
Location:  200 Block E. Fayette St.

Lovers' Bench is installed in the green space on East Fayette Street adjacent to St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. It is one of the works of art created by Rose when he served as Syracuse Public Artist in Residence in 2011. Funding for this sculpture was provided by Syracuse University's Connective Corridor program.

Kissing Bench

15.  MEDIA UNIT MURAL
Artist:  Andy Matlow, Syracuse Art Squad
Year Erected: 1979
Location:  327 Montgomery St.

Sponsored by the Downtown Committee, the mural was painted on what was the Onondaga County Library Administration Building.  Andy Matlow conceived and supervised the project and worked with the Syracuse Arts Squad to complete it.  Members of the Squad were employed by Youth Community Services, a Federally-funded program.

Media Unit Mural Reduced

16.  CHRISTOFOR COLUMBO
Artist:  Lorenzo V. Baldi
Media:  Bronze, Granite, Stone
Year Erected:  1934
Location:  Columbus Circle, E. Onondaga St. at Montomery St.

Renzo V. Baldi's Columbus is a cast bronze figure eleven feet tall.  It depicts the explorer as a young man, long before he sailed to America, looking toward the west, maps and charts in  his hand. Bas-relief plaques depict scenes from the life of Columbus: at the Court of Queen Isabel; arriving in the tropics and; returning to the Court of Spain. Dwight James Baum, a graduate of Syracuse University and nationally known architect, supervised the design and construction of the monument. Baum attempted to create the ambience of an Italian piazza.

Christopher Columbus 4

17.  COLUMBUS CIRCLE MURAL
Artist:  Andy Matlow, Syracuse Art Squad
Year Erected:  1980
Restored by:  Tom Parker 2004 & Kelly Curry 2013
Location:  Catholic Charities Bldg., 264 E. Onondaga St.

Repainted in 2013 by Kelly Curry based on original images of the mural.  This update returned the mural closer to its original appearance. The mural was originally commissioned by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and completed by Andy Matlow and the Syracuse Art Squad.  Members of the Squad were employed by Youth Community Services, a Federally-funded program.  The latest restoration was funded by the Downtown Committee, CNY Arts and the Diocese of Syracuse.

Columbus Circle Mural

18.  STORYTIME
Artists:  Marek Walczak & Wesley Heiss
Media:  Glass, Stone, Electronics
To Be Erected:  2016
Location:  400 Block Montgomery St., adjacent to 264 E. Onondaga St.

Storytime is one of four art installations funded by the Syracuse Connective Corridor in 2016.

Storytime 1 for web3

19.  "WE ARE THE MIGHTY SALT CITY" MURAL
Artist:  Cayetano Valenzuela
To Be Erected:  2016
Location:  420 E. Genesee St.

"We are the Mighty Salt City" mural is one of four art installations funded by the Syracuse Connective Corridor in 2016.

420 E. Genesee St with mural for web2

20.  HAMILTON WHITE MEMORIAL
Artist:  Gail Sherman Corbett
Media:  Bronze with Pink Granite Base
Year Erected:  1905
Location:  Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park, 400 block E. Genesee St.

The memorial commemorates Hamilton S. White (1853-1899), a Syracuse native and firefighter who died of a heart attack after fighting a fire in a store on South Salina Street on March 13, 1899.  White gave the City its first fire engine.

Hamilton White Memorial

21.  FIREMAN'S BELL TOWER
Foundry: Meneely Bell Company, Troy, NY
Media:  Steel, Bronze
Year Erected:  1979
Location:  Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park, 400 block E. Gensee St.

Fayette Park Bell Fountain

22.  COLLINS BLOCK MEMORIAL
"FIREMEN'S MEMORIAL"
Artist:  William Cowie
Medium:  Granite
Year Erected:  1939
Location:  Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park, 400 block E. Genesee St.

Erected by the City of Syracuse in memory of the nine firefighters who perished in the Collins Block fire of February 2, 1939, when the office building at 223 E. Genesee Street collapsed.

Collins Block Memorial

23.  UNTITLED SCULPTURE
Artist:  Steven Calcagnino
Medium:  Concrete
Year Erected:  1975
Location:  444 E. Genesee St., visible from S. Townsend St.

The abstract, rectangular sculpture has rounded corners and sloping forms in its surface.  An "eye" form can be found on each face of the piece.  The piece was cast in place - first, the rectangular base.  The sculpture was then cast atop the base, with the reinforcing rods running through the sculpture.

Townsend St Sculpture 2

24.  PHILLIP ECKEL MEMORIAL
Artists:  Carrick Brothers
Media:  Westerly Granite and Barre Granite
Year Erected:  1900
Location: Fayette Firefighters Memorial Park, 400 block E. Genesee St.

This memorial was created to honor Syracuse Fire Chief Philip Eckel who was killed in the line of duty on June 1, 1886.  On the day of his death, Eckel sat on the side of the Central City Hook and Ladder No. 1 as it responded to a fire on East Washington Street. As the horse-drawn fire engine approached the New York Central railroad tracks, the driver noticed a freight train approaching on the track. The engine driver lashed the horses into a full gallop to clear the tracks. The fire engine hit the tracks and Eckel either jumped or was thrown from the vehicle, which then ran over him. Eckel was still conscious and bystanders carried him to a nearby barbershop and summoned a doctor. From there, Eckel was transported by ambulance to his home where he later died from his injuries. A few days later, Eckel's body was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Thousands of mourners lined the route the funeral procession took to the cemetery. Over 1,000 fireman comprised the cortege.

Philip Eckel Memorial 4

25.  PALLADIUM
Artist:  Mary Lou Lunt
Medium:  Fiberglass
Year Erected:  2002
Location:  507 S. State St.

A memorial by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office and the Onondaga County Fireman's Association, dedicated as a tribute and in memory of those fallen sheriff's deputies and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  Sponsored by Doyle Security Systems as part of the 2002 "Horses on Parade" charity event.

Palladium 2

26.  RUMBA
Artist:  Jon Isherwood
Medium:  Steel
Year Erected:  1986
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift to the Everson Museum of the artist.

Everson Rumba 3

27.  PIPE THEMES IN ORANGE #2
Artist:  Josefa Filkosky
Media:  Enameled Aluminum on Steel Base
Year Erected:  1976
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift of Dorothea M. and Isadore Silverman.

Everson Orange Pipes 2

28.  DELPHI
Artist:  Lila Katzen
Media:  Corten and Brushed Stainless Steel
Year Erected:  1975
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

The sculpture was created in 1974 at a steel plant in Pittsburgh, PA.  The artist worked in the plant, controlling the forming process and supervising the lining of the Cor-Ten steel with the stainless steel so that the forms matched exactly. The sculpture was first exhibited at the Everson Museum in 1975 at an exhibition by the artist.  It was intended to go the the Baltimore Museum as part of the traveling exhibition, but the Everson decided they would like to keep the sculpture as it was perfect for the space in front of the museum.  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Feldmand and Mr. and Mrs. Latterman.

Everson Delphi 3

29.  TWO PIECE RECLINING FIGURE NO. 3
Artist:  Henry Moore
Medium:  Bronze
Year Created:  1961
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Museum purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hosmer Jr.

Everson Henry Moore 3

30.  GROVE OF TREE OF 40 FRUIT
Artist:  Sam Van Aken
Medium:  Grafted Live Fruit Trees
To Be Installed:  2016
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Grove of Tree of 40 Fruit is one of four art installations funded by the Syracuse Connective Corridor in 2016.

Everson With Trees for web2

31.  WISHING TREE
Artist:  Tash Taskale
Medium:  Painted Steel
Year Erected:  2009
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift to the Everson Museum of the artist.

Everson Wishing Tree 2

32.  SHAWANAGA
Artist:  Robert Murray
Medium:  Corten Steel
Year Erected:  1968
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Purchased in memory of Adolph M. Holstein by his children and grandchildren.

Everson Shawanaga 2

33.  DRAWING IN THE SKY #1
Artist:  Sacha Kolin
Medium:  Anodized Aluminum
Year Erected:  1973
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift of Mr. David Kluger.

Everson Drawing in the Sky 3

34.  FLOORKITE #2
Artist:  Jasha Green
Medium:  Corten Steel
Year Erected:  1976
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift of Dr. Robert C. Arnold, Jr. Inc.

Everson Floorkite 2

35.  FALLEN PYRAMID
Artist:  Penny Kaplan
Medium:  Partially Painted Corten Steel
Year Erected:  1977
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift of Isadore and Dorothea Silverman.

Everson Fallen Pyramid 2

36.  GATEWAY
Artist:  Marja Vallila
Media:  Steel and Granite
Year Erected:  1975
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Gift of Mrs. Rose Vallila.

Everson Gateway 2

37.  WISHBONE HOUSE
Artist:  Colin Greenly
Medium:  Cast Concrete
Year Erected:  1967
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

Everson Wishbone House 2

38.  SPIRITUAL FREEDOM
Artist:  D. Lee DuSell
Medium:  Cast Bronze
Year Erected:  1968
Location:  Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St.

The bronze piece weighs approximately 4500 lbs. The City of Syracuse commissioned the piece from the artist who was a professor at SU’s School of Art at the time. The artist said it portrays the “physical and spiritual development of man.”

Everson Fountain Sculpture 2

39.  ONONDAGA COUNTY KOREA-VIETNAM MEMORIAL
Artist:  Kevin L. Kane
Media:  Polished Granite and Aluminum
Year Erected:  1984
Location:  Corner of E. Onondaga St. & S. Warren St.

The memorial's two opposing vertical triangular forms represent America's involvement in the two undeclared wars - Korea and Vietnam.  The base consists of five steps, representing each branch of the military invoved in both wars.  The inscription on the monument reads, "For Those Who Served, For Those Who Died, Lest We Forget."

Korea Vietnam Memorial for web

40.  ADDIS BUILDING MURAL
Artist:  Andy Matlow, Syracuse Art Squad
Year Erected:  1981
Location:  449 S. Salina St.

Commissioned by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, the mural was completed by Andy Matlow and the Syracuse Art Squad.  Members of the Squad were employed by Youth Community Services, a Federally-funded program.

Addis Bldg Mural Edited for web

41.  THREE MASTERS: CHAGALL, PICASSO, MATISSE
Artist:  Andy Matlow, Syracuse Arts Squad
Year Erected:  1981
Restored by:  Kelly Curry 2013
Location 500 Block, S. Clinton Street

Commissioned by the Downtown Committee, the mural was originally completed by Andy Matlow and the Syracuse Art Squad.  Members of the Squad were employed by Youth Community Services, a Federally-funded program.  The Downtown Committee retained muralist Kelly Curry to restore the mural in 2013.

Three Masters

42.  UNTITLED MURAL
Artist:  Gigi Brooks
Year Erected:  2015
Location:  Clinton Street Parking Garage, 401 S. Clinton St.

Commissioned by Sky Armory.

Sky Armory Mural 5 for web

43.  BLUE PRINCE
Artist:  Steve Foster
Medium:  Painted Fiberglass
Year Erected:  2002
Location:  Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) 500 S. Franklin St.

Part of the 2002 "Horses on Parade" charity event, sponsored by Environmental Engineering Associates.

MOST Horse 1

44.  EUREKA BENCH
Artist:  Ginger Dunlap-Dietz
Medium:  Wood, Ceramic
Year Erected:  1999
Location:  Eureka Crafts, 210 Walton St.

Eureka Bench 3

45.  EUREKA MOSAIC WALL
Artist:  Ginger Dunlap-Dietz
Media:  Ceramic
Year Erected:  1999
Location:  Eureka Crafts, 210 Walton St.

The Mosaic Wall and Bench (below) were assembled using ceramic shards left over from the potters represented by Eureka Crafts.  The wall is bordered by the artist's own tiles and accented with mirrors.

Eureka Wall for web2

46.  WALT, THE LOCK WEST MONSTER
Artist:  Brendan Rose
Media:  Concrete, Steel, Wood
Year Erected:  2011
Location:  Onondaga Creekwalk, W. Fayette St. at Onondaga Creek

Funding for this work was provided by Syracuse University's Connective Corridor program.

Walt the Lock West Monster

47.  "YOU'VE MADE IT" MURAL
Artist:  Jon Bocksel
Year Erected:  2016
Location:  Penny Pub Building (West & East sides) 321 W. Fayette St.

A two-part mural that engages the passerby both entering and exiting Armory Square on Fayette Street.  The painting is a homage to a long history of the sign trade in Syracuse and the invention of the shot clock that revolutioned the game of basketball.  The mural was funded by a Syracuse University Connective Corridor grant.

Penny Pub Mural 1 2 for web

48.  "LET US CONTINUE" MURAL
Artist:  Quinton Fletchall
Medium:  Original vector art reproduced on a custom high-pressure laminate
Year Erected:  2015
Location:  Onondaga Creekwalk between the SU Warehouse & Inns at Armory Square

The 32-foot mural encompasses a visual timeline of Syracuse’s history. Some of the highlights from history include Syracuse’s role in the Underground Railroad and the manufacturing industry. The project was funded by Syracuse University's Connective Corridor program and the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor. 

Connective Corridor Mural for web

49.  ONE, TWO, THREE
Artist:  Sol Lewitt
Medium:  Painted Aluminum
Year Erected:  1979
Location:  Federal Building Plaza, visible from W. Washington St.

One Two Three2

Public Art is an essential component in the landscape of a city.

In Downtown Syracuse, our civic spaces are enhanced by public art, and our quality of life is enriched.  It highlights our diversity and heritage, and invites interaction with our environment.  Public art helps to define our sense of place, our community identity, spirit and pride.


Follow the map on the left and scroll down through the extensive list of beautiful public art installations in Downtown Syracuse.  The list is arranged in walking-tour order.  CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE MAP.


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