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.