Polly King Paintings on Display
at Niagara Power Project
March 31, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority will mark the
50th anniversary of the start of construction of the Niagara Power
Project with a special art exhibit at the Power Vista, the project’s
admission-free visitors center.
Seven paintings by the late Polly King, depicting
various stages of the project’s construction, will be on display
during the month of April.
King, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., lived in Niagara
Falls from 1927 until her death in 1993 at the age of 91. The
massive construction effort inspired her paintings.
“When I saw the first cut thru the earth, I was
excited—the magnitude, the tremendous challenge of men struggling,
of cutting through tons of earth digging deep into the dirt for
power for light,” King wrote in a personal note displayed at the
exhibit. “I felt I must try to capture the bigness, the effort, the
struggle! No photograph could capture the colossal work!”
Major construction of the project began in March
1958 and involved as many as 11,700 workers. First power production
occurred within three years, in January 1961, with completion of the
project in October 1962.
The Power Vista, located at 5777 Lewiston Road, is
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features displays and
interactive exhibits related to the production of electricity,
energy efficiency and the area’s history, as well as spectacular
views from the observation deck, 350 feet above the Niagara River
To obtain information pertaining to the Power Vista
and to the variety of educational presentations available to all age
groups throughout the year, visit
www.nypa.gov or call 716-286-6661 or 866-NYPA-FUN.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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