|Issue Date: August 21, 2000
Art Sculptures Attracting Second
By Jack Urso
Ambassador Of The Streets
Two boys stand on a street corner while a woman walks her dog,
and a man strums a guitar as a young girl hangs onto a stop sign.
Look more closely: you can see a jogger, a mother reading to her
child, and a police officer writing a parking ticket.
Typical activities of urban life, but also activities transformed
into art and displayed on the streets of downtown Albany – amidst
their real-life counterparts – since 1998.
Sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District
(BID), the statues by J. Seward Johnson are meant to liven up
downtown’s streets and attract more business to the city.
The statues have been a hit with the general public, but the local
arts community has been reticent about putting its stamp of approval
on the project, pushing instead for local works to be displayed