Breathing Lights discussion at Opalka Gallery

Breathing Lights Schenectady test

One of illuminated buildings in a recent concept test in Schenectady. / photo: Hyers + Mebane

The lead artist and lead architect for Breathing Lights -- Adam Frelin and Barbara Nelson -- will be at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus this Tuesday to talk about the large upcoming public art project.

Breathing Lights won up to $1 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. It's set to illuminate hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy neighborhoods this fall. Project blurbage:

Warm light will fill each window with a diffuse glow that mimics the gentle rhythm of human breathing. Concentrated in neighborhoods with high levels of vacancy, Breathing Lights will transform abandoned structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth.
This unprecedented, multi-city installation will also transform public streets into an evocative experience and will provide a platform to reinvigorate stakeholders around the Capital Region's most visible symptom of decades of disinvestment. Working with over 25 community and private-sector partners, Breathing Lights includes eight months of programming and events, including: youth media projects, building reclamation clinics, community arts presentations, policy discussions and more. ...
In response to a call for proposals from the Mayors of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, Breathing Lights was designed to use one of the region's historical assets, lighting technology, to illuminate this issue, start conversations, inspire artistic expressions by citizen artists, and spotlight the efforts of reclamation in each community.

This project will get more attention as it develops this year, both due to its scale and because it's touching on an important topic in the Capital Region. It also prompts some questions about how such a project can respectfully work with the neighborhoods it'll be inhabiting -- and there's sure to be some skepticism.

So, if you're curious -- or have questions or concerns -- this seems like an opportunity to find out more directly from the people leading the project.

The event is Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 pm. It's free.

North Central
This Wednesday the Sanctuary for Independent Media is hosting a meeting about vacant buildings in Troy's North Central neighborhood. It will include discussion about plans by Habitat for Humanity, the city of Troy, the Troy Community Land Bank, TRIP, and Breathing Lights. It's at 6 pm and it's free.

Earlier on AOA:
+ More details about Breathing Lights
+ Capital Region project wins national public art challenge

Comments

I'm certain that is will be very moving, in some way, but when community groups are aching for funds I don't see the point of an expensive light show.

A unique project that will certainly highlight the areas of profound need in the capital region.

As the grant money is specifically earmarked for an art project, the artist, architect and their team have developed a well thought out project that serves to bring awareness and provocative discussions to our community table. Kudos!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Thank you!

When we started AOA a decade ago we had no idea what was going to happen. And it turned out better than we could have... (more)

Let's stay in touch

This all feels like the last day of camp or something. And we're going to miss you all so much. But we'd like to stay... (more)

A few things I think about this place

Working on AOA over the past decade has been a life-changing experience for me and it's shaped the way I think about so many things.... (more)

Albany tightened its rules for shoveling snowy sidewalks last winter -- so how'd that work out?

If winter ever gets its act together and drops more snow on us, there will be sidewalks to shovel. And shortly after that, Albany will... (more)

Tea with Jack McEneny

Last week we were fortunate enough to spend a few minutes with Jack McEneny -- former state Assemblyman, unofficial Albany historian, and genuinely nice guy.... (more)

Recent Comments

My three year old son absolutely loving riding the train around Huck Finn's (Hoffman's) Playland this summer.

Thank you!

...has 27 comments, most recently from Ashley

Let's stay in touch

...has 4 comments, most recently from mg

A look inside 2 Judson Street

...has 3 comments, most recently from Diane (Agans) Boyle

Everything changes: Alicia Lea

...has 2 comments, most recently from Chaz Boyark

A few things I think about this place

...has 13 comments, most recently from Katherine