Hertel has landed another new mural. This time, the work is a collaboration between a number of fervent and iconic Buffalo figureheads, including the celebrated Buffalo band Goo Goo Dolls, and famed Buffalo artist Philip Burke. The project came about when owner of Zoom Copy, Rory Allen, approached Burke about the commissioned project – Allen and Burke envisioned a tribute to hometown rockers Robby Takac and Johnnie Rzeznik, which would be painted by Burke, with a particular Hertel Avenue wall in mind.
“We have been working on this for about a year,” said Allen. “I approached Philip last July 1st and we discussed the project for a few months before we settled on the Goo Goo Dolls as the subject. The building owners (the owners of the Public House and their partners) loved the idea of paying tribute to the GGDs and commissioned Philip to custom paint this for the wall. The original painting is 6 feet wide by 2 feet tall. Then came the transfer of the image to the wall – it was a challenge because of all the windows and interruptions. We created a canvas for Philip with all of the interruptions and he had to be careful to put faces in spots so that would fit on the wall. This is the first of many we plan to work on together, although no specifics have been contracted yet so we aren’t free to announce them yet.”
The mural project also had another key supporter in the form of North Buffalo Council Member Joel Feroleto who has been a driving force for public art along Hertel. “Burke is a world-renowned artist who hails from Buffalo – he became a featured artist at Rolling Stone (1989-96), and his works have graced the pages of Time, The New Yorker, and Sport Illustrated,” said Feroleto. “The famed Goo Goo Dolls are also a locally cherished treasure. So it makes sense to team them together, to create another inspirational work of art on the street. It’s great that the mural is wrapping up just as the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival gets underway this weekend.”
*Read more, see photos* https://www.buffalorising.com/2019/05/buffalo-artist-philip-burke-teams-up-with-goo-goo-dolls-to-create-a-rockin-mural-on-hertel-2/?fbclid=IwAR0TVeqi-6sam2iKMKHWdNbudkP7PYcqsgkhEFS4giIyZv-Oe6OGcjx-J-w