Mayor Madden Announces Start of The Uniting Line Public Art Project to Transform the Hoosick Street Bridge Underpass

Mayor Madden Announces Start of The Uniting Line Public Art Project to Transform the Hoosick Street Bridge Underpass

A team of artists from the Capital Region are helping paint Jade Warrick’s “Gems of Troy” mural installation on 32 concrete piers beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge between 6th Avenue and the Hudson River

Project is a multi-year, multi-phase partnership that presents an entirely new vision for the area beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge

The Uniting Line project is funded in part through Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative, with additional financial support from private funders

TROY, NY (September 30, 2021) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced that The Uniting Line, one of the largest public art projects in the City of Troy’s 200-year history, is officially underway beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge. The project will transform a 500 foot stretch of road along the Hoosick Street Bridge underpass – an urban void that divides downtown and North Central Troy – into a space that draws people together, uniting what a highway divided.

The Uniting Line is a multi-year, multi-phase partnership that presents an entirely new vision for the area beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge. The first phase of this partnership is the mural, entitled Gems of Troy, created by artist Jade Warrick which showcases the BIPOC community in vibrant, lush colors and images.

Through creative place-making, the project will install murals on 32 concrete piers beneath the bridge, helping to unify, revitalize and beautify the area, encourage more pedestrian traffic, and serve as a backdrop to activities that take place at the adjacent basketball courts, waterfront, and other open spaces.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “It’s incredibly exciting to watch artist Jade Warrick’s vision for beneath the Hoosick Street Bridge take shape. The Uniting Line public art project has tremendous potential to reconnect downtown with North Central Troy and breathe new life into this often-overlooked area of our community. Volunteers and artists will be working onsite for the next several weeks, and we’re eager to see Jade’s colorful cast of characters and lush mural backdrops come to life later this year.”

Jade Warrick said, “Art in public spaces can make a powerful narrative device, which I wanted to explore with my mural design. I created my design to guide the viewer through this story wrapped in nature that has you uncover the gems Troy, New York has planted throughout.”

Jade added that she wants to use graffiti and street art not to make a political statement, but to showcase the BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities doing everyday things like enjoying nature, walking the dog, and doing yoga.

“My intentions for the Hoosick Street Bridge Underpass Mural design are to showcase and scaffold the connection of nature and urbanization and shine a light on the relationship of nature and excellence, specifically BIPOC excellence,” Jade stated. “My mural includes a colorful palette with nature elements highlighting everyday BIPOC folx doing simple everyday loves and passions such as family time, boxing, skateboarding with their pet snake, or playing basketball at the local court.”

Next Steps

Volunteers are needed to help bring “Gems of Troy” to life. Community volunteer days are scheduled for October 2nd, 9th, and 16th, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers aged 14 and up are welcome to paint. Individuals interested in participating should arrive at the project trailer, located between Earl Street and 5th Avenue, during one of the designated volunteer days. Make sure to wear paint-friendly clothing. Snacks and beverages will be provided for participants.

For further questions or comments or to get involved with the project please contact the partners at [email protected].

About the Artist

Jade Warrick is an artist that splits her time between Troy and Albany. Originally from Los Angeles, Jade studied design and business marketing at the University of Houston. She moved to the Capital Region to be closer to family and works in education and training for the state of New York in a multimedia and marketing position.

For more info on Jade Warrick and her work, visit www.instagram.com/trashkid_art

About “The Uniting Line” Public Art Project

In July 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection of the City of Troy as one of 16 cities nationwide to receive a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant for implementation of The Uniting Line. The Asphalt Art Initiative funds public art projects that help improve street and pedestrian safety, revitalize underutilized public space, and engage local communities around public art.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art initiative recognizes Troy’s continued use of public art to bring together transformative change and shared community experiences. Troy was previously selected for a winning grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies for the 2016 collaborative public art project ‘Breathing Lights’ with Albany and Schenectady.

The project leadership team includes: Barbara Nelson, Executive Director, TAP, Inc.; Deputy Mayor Monica Kurzejeski; Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director, Collar Works; Elizabeth Reiss, CEO of The Arts Center of the Capital Region; and Belinda Colón, Curator, The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

The Uniting Line / Gems of Troy public art mural project is a collaboration between the City of Troy, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, TAP Inc., and Collar Works. Funding for the project was provided in part through the Bloomberg Philanthropies ‘Asphalt Art’ initiative, and private donors, including: the Troy Redevelopment Foundation, The Troy Capital Resource Corporation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Howard and Bush Foundation, The Massry Family, Troy Savings Bank Foundation, First Columbia, The Rosenblum Companies, Stewart’s, Gwen Crouse, Chet and Karen Opalka, and generous friends of the project.

Project organizers are still actively fundraising to support The Uniting Line project. Individuals interested in donating to support public art in Troy are encouraged to visit www.artscenteronline.org/publicart/uniting-line

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