Olean’s cute, quirky squirrel statues which have embellished town panorama for the previous 14 years are actually described and displayed within the spring version of Western New York Heritage journal.
The Char Szebo-Perricelli article, which has the catchy headline “Olean is NUTS! — About their Squirrels,” feedback on how one “can’t assist fall in love with the quirky statues that make up this distinctive regional tackle a public artwork venture.”
The squirrels have been a part of the Woodland within the Metropolis venture that was began in 2006. The venture, which was first met with some skepticism, took off locally after the primary 14 four-foot excessive fiberglass squirrels had been unveiled in Might 2007. One other 5 had been unveiled in November 2007.
Every squirrel was embellished by a neighborhood artist in response to the needs of its sponsor. The statues had been displayed the place the sponsors chosen for a time and later auctioned in 2009. The squirrels had been normal by the inventive minds of Amy Sherburne, Bob Sherburne, Mark Barta and Evelyn Penman and had been meant to advertise the humanities within the metropolis in addition to the native retailers who sponsored them. There are 28 squirrels within the metropolis and all proceeds from the fundraising venture benefited the Historic & Preservation Society in Olean.
On Friday, Olean Mayor Invoice Aiello stated he and his employees thought the article was nice.
“We’re very happy with our Squirrels,” Aiello stated in an electronic mail to the Instances Herald. “The Sherburnes are to be counseled for bringing this concept to Olean. There doesn’t appear to be a day that goes by with out seeing folks posing with one of many Squirrels round Olean. I’m happy that Char Szabo-Perricelli wrote a characteristic article about them in Western New York Heritage. Maybe the article will entice extra folks from the area to spend a day Squirrel-sighting in our lovely metropolis.”