Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY,

Breathing Lights

Artist: Adam Frelin

Illuminating the Need for Community Revitalization

Through a collaborative effort, the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, plan to illuminate up to 300 vacant homes over several months. Working with lead artist, Adam Frelin, lead architect, Barbara Nelson, and more than 25 community and private sector partners, including the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, this multi-site installation aims to regenerate interest in once-vibrant neighborhoods that currently have high vacancy rates. This consortium will culminate the project with a regional summit on vacant homes and abandoned buildings to engage local residents, prospective buyers and investors, and policy makers.

"‘Breathing Lights’ is a great example of how art can lead the way in fostering collaboration and creating community pride.  When we work together, we can drive economic development and tourism to the region, and this project reinforces our commitment to building strong partnerships between our cities."

Mayors Kathy Sheehan, Gary McCarthy, and Lou Rosamilia
Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY, open “Breathing Lights" to the public.
Winning cities, Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY, give a behind the scenes look at their upcoming project, "Breathing Lights,” opening this fall.

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Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY

Editor’s note: The following column is co-authored by the Mayors of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York. New York’s Capital Region is rich in history and culture. Our cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy have been landmarks since before the birth of our country. As time has progressed, our cities have come to appreciate the […]