Port of Rochester Public Art

Artists and their art at the Port of Rochester 


Nicholas Agnello

a Rochester native and graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T) painted three historic scenes of the Port. All three are set in the early 1900's, prior to the city's annexation of the Village of Charlotte. The mahogany framed paintings, each 6 feet x 9 feet depict (a) 'the Ontario, a passenger ship', which hangs here in the Departure Hall, (b) 'the former Park Entrance' and (c) 'a Charlotte trolley car', hang in the adjacent Arrival Hall. The three paintings are in the medium of oil on canvas.




Peter Macon

a native of upstate New York designed and created "Sailboats", a sculpture which showcases the feel of sailing in simple and majestic shapes. Standing approximately 16 feet tall, 18 feet long and 8 feet wide, "Sailboats" is made of corten steel with stainless steel guy cable and is "moored" along the river, north of the terminal. It is visible from Ontario Beach Park, Lake Avenue and from the Town of Irondequoit across the river.  




Nancy Gong

artist and founder of Gong Glass Works in Rochester, designed and created 'Another Little Adventure', two leaded art glass windows, celebrating the port and the maritime history of the Charlotte Waterfront Community. The windows depict a colorful scene of sailboats on the lake, a windheads, inspired by 15th century cartography. The windows are fabricated from the finest art sheet glass (including Lamberts mouth blown, hand rolled full antique; Lamberts flashed antique; Freemont mouth blown streaky; and Bausch & Lomb's dichroic optical). The etched details and lead extensions, which are a hallmark of Gong's work,bring dimension and movement to the design. The windows are located in the stair towers of the new terminal building facing east.




Paul Knoblauch

born in San Diego, California, he has lived in Rochester since 1983, when he came to attend R.I.T., designed and created 'The School of Fish' and 'Weathervane'. Both pieces are of stainless steel, sandblasted and painted with House of Kolor paint, vivid long lasting color that will not fade. Each fish moves freely in the wind off a kinetic base. The 'School of Fish' (five fish) which sits just outside the terminal, ranges in height from 14' to 17' and its concrete pedestals are usable for seating. The 'Weathervane' which sits atop the main entrance tower of the terminal displays a Canadian leaf set toward the North and an American star set to the South, the two connected with a blue wave and a large gold painted sturgeon sitting at the top.