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Jack Solomon

Around 1966, Jean Reeves wrote a long, illustrated article titled, “One-Man Park for the Public,” declaring: “Solomon Court is our rival to New York’s Paley Park. Like its Manhattan counterpart, it is an expression of the convictions, generosity and imaginative flair of one man. Jack Solomon, Buffalo sculptor, conceived the idea for the park, built it and will retain ownership. But he is opening it to the public day and night.” Located in Allentown on the northeast corner of Allen Street and Elmwood Avenue, the park feature Solomon’s large scale metal sculpture, including a ten-foot polished, welded stainless steel sculpture from his Odyssey series. Another kinetic sculpture combined curvilinear and rectilinear forms mounted on a revolving turntable. Robert Traynham Coles helped Solomon design the park and Gordon Hummel was the contractor. Solomon exhibited regionally during the 1960s, including several Western New York Exhibitions held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 1967 one of his welded steel sculptures, Odyssey Series #VIII won the Niagara Frontier Award and cash prize.