Photo by Bill Wippert

Front Yard

The sweeping zinc facade of the Burchfield Penney Art Center is no longer just a wall. It’s a projection surface. Buffalo’s seasons are no longer just the weather. They’re curators. Elmwood Avenue at Rockwell Road is no longer just another street corner. It’s the Front Yard at the Center—the world’s first permanent, environmentally-responsive, 24/7/365, outdoor audio and image experience. And on October 18, it turned on forever.

Artist Brian Milbrand and architect Brad Wales envisioned the transformation of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s exterior into a backdrop for audio and image, turning the traditional notion of a gallery inside out. They imagined art curated—created even—by the seasons, the weather, the passage of time. On October 18, this concept became reality as the Front Yard at the Center was unveiled. To celebrate, we closed Elmwood Avenue in front of the Burchfield Penney for a community street party, At sunset (approximately 6:28 pm), the projection towers turned on on forever.

Learn more at www.BurchfieldPenney.org/FrontYard.


  • Burchfield Penney Art Center
    Burchfield Penney Art Center

    The Burchfield Penney Art Center, designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects, opened in November 2008.