Goo Goo Dolls

1212 Hertel Avenue,
Buffalo, NY 14216
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Renowned illustrator Philip Burke was commissioned by Rory Allen of ZOOM Copy approached him about paint the wall at 1212 Hertel Avenue. Rory and his backers, David Rust and Joel Feroleto had agreed that the subject should be the Goo Goo Dolls. This felt a bit like destiny, since Robby and Philip became good friends when Philip was invited into Music is Art in 2015. However, when Rory showed Philip a picture of the wall he would cover – peppered with windows and doors – Philip felt pretty sure it would be impossible. After sleeping on it for one night, though, he realized that his 40 year career in editorial illustration perfectly prepared him to work with such challenging restrictions. The design became an exciting puzzle to solve. But, ultimately, he was able to create a design, featuring Johnny Rzeznik and Robby Takac, that he fell in love with.