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Meet Rochester Artist and Craftsman, Scott Grove

September 28th, 2015

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

On my almost daily walk along State and Main streets I’ve often noticed this boom lift blocking the sidewalks around the Powers Building external link. I’ve never given it much thought. I just figured Daniel Powers liked his windows really clean.

Then, last week while at the Fringe, my RocSubway teammate Joanne Brokaw got introduced to Scott Grove. As it turns out, Scott is that guy hanging high up over Rochester’s sidewalks—and he’s not cleaning windows…

In the video external link above, Scott explains what he’s doing to the Powers Building, and takes us up in his lift for a closer look.

A little background… Over his 37 year career as an artist Scott Grove external link has played in many sandboxes. His work ranges from photography, to painting, to sculpting with wood, metal, glass (and what ever else he could get his hands on), carving with chainsaws, and even performance art (as a professional clown).

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
You may have seen his sculptures external linkand furniture external linkaround town – maybe at the University of Rochester, the Village Gate, public market, or on the street in the Neighborhood Of The Arts.

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]His use of veneering and other unorthodox techniques add a dimension to his furniture; the type of which you might believe could only be crafted by mother nature over millions of years. In fact he’s become a nationally recognized innovator in this area, inventing a method of stretching and forming veneer called compound veneering, and authoring a couple of books external link on the subject.

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
When Scott isn’t working on his own creations, look up and you just might find him working on any of Rochester’s architectural treasures.

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
As he explains in the video external link Scott fell into the field of architectural restoration 30 years ago when a local architect asked him to reproduce some decorative cornice work for the Piano Works Mall external link in East Rochester. Since then he’s worked on many of Rochester’s most iconic buildings including the H.H. Warner Building external link, Eastman Theater external link, Jonathan Child’s House external link, and the old old Bausch & Lomb headquarters external link.

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Today, you can catch Scott doing some preventative maintenance to the highly ornate, and also quite beautiful, Powers Building. He and his partner Mark are checking for signs of corrosion — replacing loose pieces and parts so none of that beautiful iron work falls on an unsuspecting pedestrian.

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
There aren’t many craftsman like Scott Grove around anymore. So if you happen to see him up there, give him a wave and a “thank you” for keeping our historic buildings looking so great. Oh, and thanks also, Scott, for letting us ride around in your cherry picker.

You can see more photos and read more about Scott Grove on Joanne Brokaw’s blog here external link.

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4 Responses to “Meet Rochester Artist and Craftsman, Scott Grove”

  1. Michael Brisson says:

    Great stuff! (As usual)

    Thanks for giving us a close up view of Scott’s work and an informative interview with him.

    And kudos to the Powers Bldg owners for being so pro-active.

  2. Dennis B. says:

    Impressive, thanks for sharing.

  3. Brian M. says:

    Awesome to see another way architectural preservation is conducted in Rochester!

  4. Bill Schmidt says:

    I would love to see the process that goes into making a reproduction!


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