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Buffalo Scupltures And Statues Being Cleansed Repaired And Restored
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Buffalo, NY - You may have passed by but not not paid much mind to the various and sundry statues across the Queen City.

But more people are starting to take note of them due to a massive renovation project underway currently underway.

A Missouri based firm was hired by the City of Buffalo to inspect, clean, repair, and preserve with a wax coat, a total of 19 statues throughout the city this summer at a cost of $270,000.

"This is our history," said Don Siuta, Chair of the Conservation Committee of the Buffalo Arts Commission.

"This is where Buffalo came from and I think by preserving out history people have a better understanding of our city and why it's important. It also brings people to Buffalo," Siuta said.

It might surprise you to know how much art the city owns.

Almost 700 pieces including 200 statues scattered throughout the city.

Once the work's done, the city hopes to organize tours to showcase its restored statues and sculptures not only to attract visitors, but to get locals to visit parts of the city they might not ordinarily go to.

The Buffalo Arts Commission web site is helpful in locating the statues being worked on in case you want to conduct your own tour.

Click on the video icon to watch the story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Scott May

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