Buffalo Bench
  Adrienne Day, Todd Davenport, Don West, the children of Western Village Academy
  Integris Health - Western Village Academy

Artist's Description

This buffalo had one side physically transformed into a sturdy bench by two individuals from Western Village Academy Elementary School. These two bench engineers are Todd Davenport, artist, musician and paraprofessional and Don West, repair genius, builder of remarkable things and facility manager at Western Village. The buffalo then became the form that supports the artwork of 300 children that range from kindergarten to 5th Grade. The students created black and white relief prints under the direction of Adrienne Day, visual
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arts specialist. Their relief prints included images from the natural world such as reptiles, birds, fish, insects, as well as geometric forms, patterns and designs. They are affixed to the surface of the buffalo bench from head to tail. The result is a whimsical black and white collage of children's art that is complicated and simple, delightful and tactile.

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Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.