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Albany becomes a canvas on the #CapitalWalls tour

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Albany becomes a canvas on the #CapitalWalls tour

Photos by Kiki Vassilakis

Above: The River That Flows in Two Directions by Rachel Baxter, located on the I-787 retaining wall between Columbia and Water St.

In the #CapitalWalls tour around Albany, mural curator Tony Iadicicco will take you to a collection of public art pieces that reflect the people and culture of the city itself. Groups will be joined by the artist of each mural (Rachel Baxter, Michael Conlin, Cara Hanley, and Sylvie Kantorovitz) while onsite, where they’ll talk about the inspiration behind their work. Check out Iadicicco and artist Rachel Baxter on the AltCast  where they talk more about #CapitalWalls and Baxter’s artistic process.

The project is an ongoing public art endeavor by Albany Center Gallery in partnership with Albany Barn, ParkAlbany, and Downtown Albany to showcase the artists of the area and the unique aspects of the Capital Region. If you’ve seen a space you think would be perfect for a mural or other public art piece, reach out and let them know by submitting a proposal. The ACG is seeking new buildings, ramps, and walls in the region to become canvasses for future projects, as well as volunteers and muralists to help transform them. 

The photos below feature the fantastic work of the artists behind #CapitalWalls. Check it out for yourself on the next tour, coming up Aug. 4. Tickets are $25 and include a beverage voucher and light fare from local restaurants on the route (TBA). Tickets also contribute to the mural artists and allow for further funding for public art programming.

Curator Tony Iadicicco with a section of Rachel Baxter’s mural You Are Here, Too. The mural decorated the plywood exterior of 27 N. Pearl Street while the building was under construction. You can see the full version on the Albany Center Gallery website.

Cara Hanley‘s Illuminated is located in the Green-Hudson parking garage.

Back Home by Sylvie Kantorovitz, an author and illustrator of children’s books, can be found along the corner of the Green-Hudson parking garage.

Michael Conlin’Bluebirds take flight along the north side of the Quackenbush Parking Garage near exit 4B on I-787.

Brooklyn-based street artist Hellbent has plastered the south side of the Quackenbush Parking Garage in colorful patterns inspired by Albany’s Dutch origins in Mixtape.

Do you have a stellar shot of one of the Albany murals? Contribute to the collection on Instagram by with #capitalwalls.

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