Nick Cave wants to introduce Buffalo to Buffalo: to get people who don’t know each other to talk and make art together; to sit – or dance – side by side and create. Cave’s special blend of celebratory art is built to provide a platform for people to connect. While well-known for his Soundsuits, which collage found materials, high fashion, and ceremonial dress, Cave, one of the most celebrated artists working today, has most recently used cities as his canvases. Inspired by Buffalo’s Rust Belt history and captivated by Silo City, the majestic, yet abandoned grain elevators offer truly a unique blank slate and a found object with infinite possibilities. Plenty will launch in the fall of 2019 with a series of community projects and will culminate in the summer of 2020 with a parade featuring collaborative floats that will travel to Silo City for an epic, celebratory finale where all are welcome.
“I have found through my most recent work, in Detroit and Shreveport, that when we get close enough to actually trust one another, real compassion and consequent change can actually happen. It is these types of places, with real power, ready to explode through the surface, that are the most intriguing to me.”