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Stephen Powers’ “Running Home”

Over the next few weeks I’m going to catch up on posting a few of AKG Gallery’s more obscure works of public art that are now scattered around downtown Buffalo.

Let’s start with Stephen Powers’ “Running Home” illuminated work that has been upcycled from a sign that he salvaged.

Powers (American, born 1968) is a Philadelphia-born, New York City–based artist that made a name for himself as a graffiti artists in the 1980s and ‘90s. His tag – ESPO – stands for “Exterior Surface Painting Outreach,” and also plays off his initials, S and P.

Much of Powers’ work is an ode to hand lettering of mid-century American sign painting, according to the AKG Gallery, which noted, “Powers is an avid collector of objects that reflect sign painting history. The base of the artwork is a sign Powers salvaged. It was originally designed and built in Buffalo, New York, for a real estate company in Newark, New Jersey. When Powers acquired the sign, the neon had been removed. He retrofit the sign to hold his own neon. Powers fittingly chose his ‘Running Home’ motif for a work that returns a vintage sign to its place of manufacture in Buffalo.”

To see a better view of the salvaged sign that acts as the original signage backdrop of the illuminated artwork, click here.

Location: Fitz Books and Waffles, 431 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York

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