Mural adding a splash of color under the Collar City Bridge

The underpass of the Collar City Bridge in Troy becomes much more colorful.

The Capital Region Arts Center collaborated with the city of Troy to organize the Uniting Line project. The goal of the first phase of the project is to create a mural on the abutments that support a 500 foot stretch under the Collar City Bridge along Hoosick Street. The mural was designed by local artist Jade Warrick and on Saturday mornings this month, local residents aged 14 and up can get involved and volunteer to help paint it.

According to Arts Center curator Belinda Colon, the project is part of a larger public art plan the center conceptualized in 2017. A call was made for local artists, Colon said, and after a process of selection, Warrick was chosen to design the mural.

“These artists (who applied) needed to create an answer to what we were looking for, which was to beautify, unify, and create a more creative place-making project for the Hoosick Street Bridge,” Colon said. . “We then went to a board of peers – they were administrators and community members from the area – they chose the top three. We then took those top three and released their ideas to the public to get feedback on what they thought.

The Collar City Bridge divides Downtown Troy and North Central Troy along Hoosick Street. The idea behind this project is to create a sense of unification as well as revitalize and beautify the area. The Arts Center also hopes it will encourage more pedestrian activity and provide a backdrop for activities taking place in surrounding areas.

The project started the week of September 20. Community painting began on October 2 and will end this Saturday. The first step was to paint a base coat on each pier of the bridge. Next, teams of artists and volunteers will paint the imagery designed by Warrick. They will use spotlights, sprayers, rollers and brushes to complete the job. Volunteers can choose what they want to work on based on their abilities.

This mural, titled Gems of Troy, is the first phase of The Uniting Line. The second phase, scheduled for 2022, is the $500,000 “Lighting the Night” project, which aims to showcase the artwork and bring light to the underpass. The final phase, which will cost $500,000, is “Building Connections” in 2023, which envisions performance areas, such as an amphitheater, seating and other attractions to attract residents and visitors.

The mural project was sponsored primarily by a $25,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The Uniting Line project

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 16

Where: Hoosick Street Bridge between Earl Street and 5th Street.

Elizabeth J. Harless