By Tim Tielman
It was reported in recently in the Buffalo News (3/29/05) that the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation is planning to demolish, without public discussion, the landmark 1974 ArtEl, a 40 x 500-foot covered boardwalk that is a unique piece of architecture, landscape architecture, and art. It was built to be used by visual artists and the public, for both prosaic functions as well as transcendent ones. In addition, it is a thoroughly appealing structure to experience by people of all ages: for small children, it is a playground to end all playgrounds, and for adults it is a stimulating promenade resonating with possibilities and prospects. It is a superb, joyful work from a period not noted for joy or good civic works, but rather chilly and humorless design.
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