Behind the Lights

Go behind-the-scenes of the local public art installation 'Breathing Lights.'

'Behind the Lights' goes behind-the-scenes of Breathing Lights, a temporary public art installation designed to illuminate the past, present and future of Albany, Schenectady and Troy through funding from the national Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. The Breathing Lights installation, conceived by artist and professor Adam Frelin and architect Barbara Nelson, culminated in Autumn 2016.

Behind the Lights | Preview

Premieres Monday, April 17, 2017 at 10pm on WMHT-TV.

Support Provided By

The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region Logo in black with a green arch over the top
New York State of Opportunity | Council on the Arts Logo in green sans serif font
The New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the
New York State Legislature.
And by contributions to WMHT's Venture Fund
including one from

Robert and Doris Fischer Malesardi

Behind the Lights | Planning

Go inside on of the initial planning meetings for 'Breathing Lights.'

Behind the Lights | Igor Vamos: Extended Interview

Extended interview with multimedia artist Igor Vamos.

Breathing Lights | Planning

An update on Breathing Lights, an art installation funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Breathing Lights

A special look at the proposed Capital Region public art installation 'Breathing Lights.'

Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY – "Breathing Lights"

Public Art Challenge winning cities, Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY, give a behind the scenes look at their upcoming project, "Breathing Lights,” opening this fall.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge


The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge engages mayors to collaborate with artists on developing innovative public art projects that enrich communities and attract visitors. In June 2015, four teams were selected to receive up to $1 million each over the next two years to create temporary public art projects in their cities that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.


Learn more about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge​ recipients from around the nation:

Gary, IN – "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen” Documentary Part 1

Public Art Challenge winning city, Gary, IN, gives a behind the scenes look at their upcoming project, "ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen,” opening this fall.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of “Current:LA Water”

Meet the artists, projects, and inspiration behind Los Angeles’ Public Art Challenge-winning project, Current:LA Water – the city’s first public art biennial. Fifteen exhibits focusing on water are open to the public from July 16 through August 14.

Spartanburg, SC – “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” Docum

Public Art Challenge winning city, Spartanburg, SC, gives a behind the scenes look at their upcoming project, “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” opening this fall.