Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY,

Breathing Lights

Artist: Adam Frelin / Architect: Barbara Nelson

Illuminating the Need for Community Revitalization

Through a collaborative effort, the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY transformed vacant buildings across the NY capital region into an art installation by placing pulsing light panels in the windows. The goal of Breathing Lights was to spark conversation about the issues of vacancy and urban revitalization among residents and policymakers. Artist Adam Frelin, architect Barbara Nelson, and more than 75 community and private sector partners, came together to bring the installation and a series of related public programming to life from September 30 – November 30, 2016. This consortium culminated the project in April 2017 with a regional summit on vacant homes and abandoned buildings for local residents, prospective buyers and investors, and policymakers.

"‘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

Project Updates:

Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY

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