The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) and Albright-Knox Art Gallery collaborated to create the Freedom Wall. Part of the NFTA’s Cold Spring Bus Garage perimeter included a precast concrete wall, located at the corner of Michigan and Ferry Avenues. The 315’ wall needed reconstruction and repair and evolved into the Freedom Wall in 2017. Albright-Knox Art Gallery and NFTA commissioned the murals, painted by artists John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chick Tingley, and Edreys Wajed. Located within the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor: a nexus of the city’s deeply rooted African American history. The gallery wall features portraits of 28 local and national civil rights leaders. Watts was hired to develop plans to improve the streetscape in front of the wall as well as a plan to illuminate the panels of these notable civil rights leaders from America’s past and present.
Site improvements included full architectural and engineering services, which entailed civil site plan development, soils/foundation engineering, utility design and coordination (storm sewer), architectural design (graphics and renderings / Models / Photography) and electrical lighting.
Our team is proud of our involvement for this public art tribute featuring African American Leaders who shaped civil rights and American History.