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Artists announced for 'Downtown is Pawsome' public art project

Artists announced for 'Downtown is Pawsome' public art project (WRGB)

ALBANY, NY (WRGB)--Get ready to see Albany icon Nipper all over downtown.

20 smaller versions of the stature will be covered in art.

"We're doing Tulips," said one student at Myers Middle School.

They're the only school, and one of 20 participants in what's called the "Pawsome Project."

It's an art project put on by Albany's Downtown Business Improvement District and the Albany Center Gallery.

"I hope they get the experience that they'll be doing a public art work that will be on display for the whole year and have some sort of sense of pride within Albany and their community," said art teacher Caitlyn Liedger.

Tim Fealey is also looking to bring attention to many of the empty, abandoned buildings sprinkling the downtown area, putting his artwork of these buildings, on Nipper.

He's hoping the combination of his art along with this Albany staple... will inspire others to take pride in the downtown area.

"These buildings have so much story but they're all abandoned and they're all falling apart and I felt like I needed to give them a story," he said.

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