Vacant Buffalo buildings get pink flamingo treatment
blog by S.J. Velasquez • May 22, 2013 @ 10:34am
Hot pink lawn ornaments are popping up in unlikely places around Buffalo—outside abandoned buildings, for example.
Plastic pink flamingos, invented by designer Don Featherstone in the 1950s, are at the center of Broadway Fillmore Alive’s Pink Flamingo Project. Inspired by Buffalo’s Young Preservationists’ “heart bomb” project, BFA’s Christopher Byrd decided he, too, would tag Buffalo’s vacant and abandoned buildings in a colorful, humorous way.
“Over the last few weeks, we started tagging vacant and abandoned buildings in the neighborhood with pink flamingos,” Byrd wrote in a BFA blog post. “I started posting pictures on Facebook of the flamingos on buildings without telling what was going on. People began to wonder what was up. So consider this a formal announcement to the Pink Flamingo Project.”
Byrd said that most of the flamingo’d homes can be seen around “Fillmore, Paderewski, Broadway and the streets surrounding the Broadway Market,” but a second wave of plastering the city in pink plastic will happen in the near future.