Light blight: Art project breathes life into empty buildings

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Posted: Nov 18, 2016 1:09 AM
Light blight: Art project breathes life into empty buildings

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Windows in more than 150 abandoned buildings in three upstate New York cities have been fitted with light-emitting diodes that steadily brighten and fade, giving the effect of slow breathing.

The two-month public art project provides something pretty for gritty neighborhoods of Albany, Schenectady (skeh-NEK'-tuh-dee) and Troy. And it shines a light — literally and figuratively — on the problems posed by the vacant brownstones and clapboard homes.

There are some 2,500 vacant buildings in the three cities.

A $1 million public arts grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies helped get the "Breathing Lights" project started. It runs through the end of this month.