Beginning May 21, 2018, Polish artist Wojciech Kolacz, also know as Otecki, will be working on a mural at 617 Fillmore Avenue. The mural is part of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s ongoing Public Art Mural projects. Another mural through the program called the “Welcome Wall” was installed last near the intersection of Broadway and Fillmore in 2017.
617 Fillmore is the location of the former Polish Co-Op Savings & Loan and the Polish Army Veterans Assn. Post No. 1. The building is now owned privately.
Wojciech Kołacz, a.k.a. Otecki (Polish, born 1984), is an illustrator, printmaker, painter, and mural artist working in Wrocław, Poland. Otecki finds influence in Cubism, non-Western art, and Slavonic folklore. He is fond of presenting dualistic worlds and characters; especially human-animal combinations that are “part majesty and part mystery,” as the artist puts it.
The public is encouraged to come out and view the mural being created. The project should take about a week to complete.
AK Public Art Mural projects are generously underwritten by the New Era Cap Foundation. This mural has been sponsored in part by Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood Housing Services.