|Completed mosaic on the wall facing the Trinity garden|
As part of AVillage's Summer Youth Program, young people (working in collaboration with the Radix Center) make vacant buildings in the South End a canvas for their art.
The participating youth will be creating mosaic murals on the sides of three vacant buildings, after first photographing many buildings and discussing about what it means to live in a neighborhood with so many abandoned properties. This project is partly funded by Breathing Lights, the regional art project that will install pulsing LED lights on vacant buildings here and in Troy and Schenectady this fall. We hope our mosaics and Breathing Lights will spark a regional conversation
about abandonment in low-income neighborhoods.
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. ~Description of Breathing Lights
Mosaics are popping up all over the region. Our first project, on the wall facing the
Trinity garden, was a great success. Go see it. We now have some expertise in the
neighborhood and we can do more. Next up are the students, but anybody who is
interested in learning and helping us is welcome.
In her book Urban Alchemy, Dr. Mindy Fullilove recommends that we "Make a Mark."
We need to show the world — and ourselves — that we don’t accept abandonment.
We do that in many ways, but art is a powerful tool for community change. And
since this is where we live, let’s all pitch in.