Larry Griffis III Latest Sculpture - A Polarizing Piece
Larry Griffis III is a well-known Buffalo figure whose experience with steel is not only his passion, but his birthright. Some may know of his fatherâ€™s sculpture park in East Otto, NY, founded in the 60s, but his son has taken up the torch and is now a world-renowned sculptor. What started with the father has continued with the son. Griffis' work is starting to appear in spots in Buffalo and now, to see one of his works, you need look no further than Forest Lawn Chapel.
Some of you may have read this story in the Buffalo News, but for those who havenâ€™t, Griffis will forever be known as a sculptor whose one work memorializes a man who may - or may not - have discovered the North Pole. The scientific community has battled for years to determine which explorer first reached the top of the world â€“ Frederick A. Cook or Robert E. Peary â€“ and there may never be a conclusion to the argument.
Griffis has made a work of art called â€śTop of the Worldâ€ť that is dedicated to Cook, who claimed to have reached the North Pole in April 1908, a year before Peary. The monument is a half-ton bronze sculpture depicting the Northern Hemisphere in high detail. Whether youâ€™re pro-Cook or pro-Peary, one thing is for sure, it is definitely great to have Larry Griffis creating art here in Buffalo.
Photo courtesy of the Buffalo News.