Adam Frelin & Barbara Nelson – Breathing Lights project

  • Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm
  • Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.
  • FREE and open to the public
  • 2015-16 Artist Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art + Design and Opalka Gallery, artist Adam Frelin and architect Barbara Nelson will discuss their collaborative project on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm to wrap up the 2015-16 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany.

Last year, Frelin and Nelson teamed up with more than 25 community and private sector partners on an Albany/Schenectady/Troy Region submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Their submission, Breathing Lights was one of four projects chosen to receive up to $1 million to realize their proposal.

For two months, Breathing Lights will illuminate the street-facing windows of hundreds of vacant buildings in Schenectady, Albany and Troy. Concentrated in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with high vacancy rates, these installations will transform vacant structures from pockets of shadows into places of warmth.

The team hopes the massive installation will illuminate the region’s struggle with vacancy and its effects on residents and neighborhood economies, regenerating interest in once-vibrant communities. Through a combination of programming, newly-created digital resources and a comprehensive marketing and advocacy campaign, the intention is to create a platform for community stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the multi-faceted issue of vacancy and propose solutions.

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