One of the Griffis Sculpture Park’s newest sculptures will be calling Ellicottville its home for the next month. A life-like, 10-foot-tall bronze sculpture of author Cheryl Strayed will be temporarily located in front of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce building at 9 W. Washington St. before being permanently installed at the sculpture park in late June. The public is invited to attend a welcoming event in front of the sculpture at 5 p.m. Friday, June 4. Live jazz music and refreshments will be served.
“With a majority of our downtown businesses being women owned or co-owned, this is a fitting tribute,” said Brian McFadden, executive director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce. The Griffis Sculpture Park recently received four bronze statues of inspirational women created by Australian collaborative artists Gillie and Marc Schattner. The bronze sculptures of Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, astronaut Tracy Dyson, actress/producer Janet Mock and Cheryl Strayed were donated to the Ashford Hollow Foundation by the artists.