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Beyond/In WNY: Reitzenstein Sculpture Rocks the Hydraulics | Arts & Culture

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Beyond/In WNY: Reitzenstein Sculpture Rocks the Hydraulics
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Beyond/In Western New York 2010 is here! Sure, the tight rope walker may have taken the spotlight in the regional art exhibition's kick-off; meanwhile, in the Hydraulics, an electrifying sculpture revealed by Reinhard Reitzenstein is turning heads at the intersection of Seneca and Smith streets.

Reitzenstein's 14'x40' steel sculpture inspired by the work of Nikola Tesla, titled "to have a grip on the earth so the whole of this globe can quiver," is an outgrowth of this year's event theme, "Alternating Currents," relating to Buffalo's history of invention in the harnessing of electricity. Tesla and Thomas Edison famously duked it out in the famous AC/DC battle at Niagara Falls that resulted in the 1896 Tesla victory that transmitted alternating current electricity to Buffalo, making it the "City of Light" where the downward rushing water of the Falls powered the world's first AC electric streetcars, street lamps, and grain elevators. Read more here.

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