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You are invited:this Friday 10/12 at THE POINT!

Please come celebrate the permanent installation of Ballengée’s THE LOVE MOTEL FOR INSECTS “ACTIAS LUNA” at THE POINT. THANKS to the project’s many supporters, this installation is a reality!! The address is at the Point’s Hunts Point Riverside Campus at 1399 Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx (zip: 10474) and is adjacent to the Hunts Point Riverside Park- the time is 4 to 9 PM. Hope you can make it, Should be a blast!


Recently donated by UAP, Ballengée’s Love Motel for Insects: Actias Luna Variation will be illuminated for the first time in its new home at the Point on August 25,  – you are welcome to stop by on the 25th, between 3pm and 9pm, come after 8pm for best viewing of the sculpture. Location is 1399 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx New York. Formal opening this fall, check back here for date and time.

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“Love Motel for Insects: Actias luna Variation” moves from Jim Kempner Fine Art in Chelsea to The Point in the South Bronx

Urban Art Projects is psyched to announce that on Wednesday August 8th, one of Brandon Ballengée’s “Love Motel For Insects” titled “Love Motel for Insects: Actias luna Variation” was moved from Jim Kempner Fine Art in Chelsea to The Point in the South Bronx, specifically to their Hunts Point Riverside Campus for Arts and the Environment. The sculpture has been permanently mounted to a large boxcar turned gallery space (an “Art Container”) in the middle of The Point’s urban garden. Stay tuned for the final photos of the illuminated installation and for information about visiting. For installation photos and funding information, click on this facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.510060162341397.130598.117235798290504&type=1

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UAP comes to Williamsburg!

On Tuesday the Williamsburg community gathered at the EL Puente Espiritú Community Garden to see an ephemeral Love Motel for Insects. Children gathered around as Brandon Ballengée taught them about various insect specimens. Everyone examined the jars of millipedes and scorpions before venturing off to find bugs in their own neighborhood garden.


Magnifying glasses and binoculars in hand, kids searched in trees and under rocks to create their own bug collection.
Frances Lucerno, of EL Puente, and UAP director, Kim Vaadia got together with a community member for a photo.
The event even had music provided by the community members.
It was a great setting for friends and family to gather for a picnic.
And for those who didn’t bring their own dinner, there was bug pizza…for those who were brave enough to try it.
As it started to get dark the “love motel” began to illuminate.


The event was a great success as the garden and Summer of Love bugwatching brought the community together.

Next stop for the Summer of Love 2012 is THE POINT in the South Bronx.

Details to follow!

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Please join UAP this Tuesday June 26, 6:30-9:30pm for:

The Summer of Love 2012

featuring an ephemeral Love Motel for Insects by Brandon Ballengée at the El Puente Espiritú Tierra Community Garden @ 201-203 South 2nd Street (between Roebling and Driggs), Williamsburg.

Potluck picnic; intro by scientist/artist Ballengée; illumination of sculpturat dusk.

(If it is raining, event will be rescheduled, see uaprojects.org/blog)

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Bug Watching @ Love Motel for Insects with Ballengée/ UAP’s Summer of Love 2012

DSC00802UAP would like to thank everyone who joined us for the Bug Watching @ Love Motel for Insects  in the sculpture garden at Jim Kempner Fine Art with Ballengée/ UAP’s Summer of Love 2012!  It was a very summer-y evening with a plethora of bugs milling around the Love Motel for Insects installation.  It was a great way to welcome summer 2012 to NYC, even though the guests and bugs were weary from the nyc’s first summer heat wave!


Capturing the fleeting moment of a bug landing on the Love Motel for Insects installation.


A close-up of one of the special guests of the evening.
It was truly a summer night in NYC.  Please feel free to visit the installation through August 4th, 2012 and the Jim Kempner Fine Art gallery.  It will be open to the public anytime between 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday!  It’s free!

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Opening Night of Urban Art Projects’

Summer of Love 2012 Love Motel for Insects!

LMFI Kempner sculpture

We had a great turn out at last Friday’s opening of the Summer of Love 2012 and Brandon Ballengée’s Love Motel for Insects installation. People crowded into the outdoor sculpture court at the Jim Kempner Fine Art Gallery (501 West 23rd) to see the piece illuminate. The giant luna moth wings filled the court with a radiant blue light.

Everyone gathered around the sculpture to take a closer look at the bugs.
Everyone gathered around the sculpture to take a closer look at the bugs.
And as people started to filter in, so did the bugs!
And as people started to filter in, so did the bugs!
Ballengée reaches through the plants to inspect the insects with a few guests.
Ballengée reaches through the plants to inspect the insects with a few guests.


It was a great opening night opening night overall. Feel free to visit the installation through August 4, at the Jim Kempner Fine Art gallery, anytime from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. It’s free! In addition, there will be a viewing on the evening of June 21st where you can come the artist/scientit Ballengée for a night of bugwatching from 9:30 to 11pm. Follow us on facebook for more information about the event! www.facebook.com/urbanartp


For Immediate Release 4/30/12

The Summer of Love 2012

Ballengée’s Love Motel for Insects

Urban Art Projects (UAP) is thrilled to introduce exciting new programming inspired by the desire to bring to the public participatory art projects involving science, technology and the environment. UAP’s first large-scale project in this vein is The Summer of Love 2012 featuring citywide installations by artist /scientist Brandon Ballengée. Each installation in this project is titled“Love Motel for Insects”. Jim Kempner Fine Art, located at 501 West 23rd Street in NYC, is generously donating outdoor space for the first installation opening on June 9 2012 and on display through August 4 2012. The public may visit the installation Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and occasionally in the evening. The installation at this venue will be in the shape of lunar moth wings and NYC’s Butterfly Project will plant native flowers at the base of the sculpture to create important insect habitat. The public need not hesitate as Ballengée has assured us that the structure will not lure many mosquitoes, ticks or other insects that bite!

Love Motel for Insects is an outdoor sculptural-light installation by Brandon Ballengée utilizing ultra-violet lights to attract insects and to create an opportunity for public interactions with nocturnal arthropods, which are not often seen. Versions of Ballengée’s black-light sculptures have taken place in diverse environments worldwide: each sculpture is site-specific to each unique community and ecosystem. Additional Love Motel for Insects locations to be part of the Summer of Love 2012 include Drew Gardens, located in the South Bronx, and Cross Hill Academy in Yonkers. Each of these sculptures is based on one tiny “scale” from the wing of the luna moth, a species indigenous to NYC. Details about other locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan will follow as sites become finalized.

Love Motel for Insects‘ various iterations have been extensively covered by the media as well as referenced by academia. Brandon Ballengée’s artwork is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts,where his exhibition “Collapse: The Cry of Silent Forms” will be on display May 5th – June 16th. Ballengée’s work has been reviewed by numerous art critics for mass publications such as the the New York Times, Cornerhouse, etc; other media coverage includes features on PBS, ABC News, BBC and NPR. Ballengée’s work is in numerous public collections including The American Museum of Natural History in New York, NASA in Washington D.C., Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, and the Yale Peabody Museum.

In addition to being a worthwhile project artistically, Urban Art Projects’ The Summer of Love 2012has the added benefit of supporting what many have articulated as an urgent call for improvements in science education. Ballengée’s project excites youth and the public about science, based on their direct experience with the sculpture. UAP looks forward to contributing towards this important educational and societal goal by bringing Brandon Ballengée’s public art project, “Love Motel for Insects”, to New York City for The Summer of Love 2012!

Urban Art Projects (UAP) is a non-profit and 501(c) 3 whose overriding mission is producing public art projects. Extensively covered by mainstream and art-related media, UAP’s projects have included public art exhibitions installed on the New York City waterfront featuring, amthers,internationally known artist Swoon. UAP is excited about its new programming bringing to the public participatory artworks involving art, science and technology

Funders and others that have helped to make The Summer of Love 2012 and Love Motel for Insects possible include: Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The National Audubon Society’s TogetherGreen Initiative with Toyota, EcoArtSpace/SEE, Jim Kempner Fine Art and various private donors via Kickstarter and otherwise.  The Love Motel for Insects is also sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). The Love Motel for Insects is also made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


We are  in the midst of producing our next amazing programming featuring the artist Brandon Ballengee’s ongoing sculptural series, an innovative environmental art project titled “The Love Motel For Insects”. Check back soon for more info and for an extensive blog entry.



Until then, scroll down to see our just published review in May’s Sculpture Magazine and updates on artists who have perviously worked with Urban Art Projects.








We would like to inform you about the artists who have exhibited with UAP in the past and their current projects.

Lydia Bell

Over the past year has been working on performance projects that explore relationships between artist, audience, and performer. As a part of the exhibition “Year Zero,” (January 2011) at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in Queens, she asked other artists in the exhibition to contribute an instruction for a performance at the exhibition’s opening. Bell received instructions such as “Eat a food that you like to eat. Share it with someone,” “Sing the National Black Anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’” and “Touch your nose to your knee.” Bell will perform a new version of this piece as a part of the Movement Research Spring Festival this June. Leap of Faith is another project she is working on and it was recently performed at Flux Factory in Queens. In this piece, she will assign roles and tasks to each audience member, in preparation for taking a collective leap of faith. On May 13 at Poetry Project, she will be performing a section of “The Small Dance,” a collaborative translation from text to movement, initiated by poet Chris Martin.

Kathy Bruce

Received a Pollock-Krasner Grant for 2010-2011 and a Fulbright Hayes Senior Research and Lecturing Fellowship for Peru in 2012. She was also featured in April 2011, Vol. 32, Issue 2 of BAMBOO Magazine.

Jason Martin

Jason Martin (http://www.jasonmartinwebsite.com) traveled inter-dimensional spaceways with Power Animals in shiny spandex and adventures in sound. While filming a new series of videos in the studio, Power Animals performed a ceremonial wrestling match at the Gershwin Hotel among velvet drapes with incantations on boombox, held a mass initiation at Columbia University, and found new members at Prospect Park as part of Bruce High Quality and Andres Previn’s “Field of Dreams” happening. Jason set up pulsating video portals in the 3rd dimension at gallery spaces, including Antena Gallery in Chicago, 80WSE at New York University, Be Your Own Placebo in North Adams MA, and showed UFO Evidence on 16mm film with live classified narration at the Mono No Aware event in Brooklyn. These seances really helped new human/animal hybrid creatures come through the ether into our reality this year. They are pleased. In other vibrations, Jason released songs on a limited edition vinyl LP “Adirondack Power and Light” (Signify Records) recorded on a lake that covers a town in the Adirondacks where his ancestors lived, and has an audio cassette coming out on Yeay! Cassettes featuring two new sound pieces. Also on the music and performance front, Jason was spotted jiggling piles of homemade instruments, triggering samples, and smacking drums as sound designer and musical accompanist for Vaginal Davis’ Speaking from the Diaphragm series at PS122. And who could forget Jason’s wanton acts of penance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in the re-performance of John Baldessari’s “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art”?  At the time of this writing, Power Animals are prepared for re-materialization in Baltimore for the upcoming 8th Annual Transmodern Festival.

Rob de Oude


• December 2 – December 5, 2010: Fountain Art Fair Miami 2010, c/o F. Arcilesi Fine Arts.

November 3 – November 7, 2010: solo art installation as part of – Quarterly 5/6 Release & Celebration of the NY Art Book Fair, Monster Island Basement, Brooklyn, NY

• October 27, 2010: First Exit to Brooklyn Pop-up Show, Brooklyn, NY

• October 23 & 24, 2010: Tomorrows Dream; OTZ Outdoor Sculpture Show @ McCarren Park, Brooklyn, NY

• October 12, 2010: Nurture Art Benifit Show @ ZieherSmith Gallery 516 West 20th Street New York, curated by Dan Cameron, Ceci Moss, Jane Panetta, Krista Saunders.

• September 16, 2010: Expand the Room Art Show, NY, New York

• August 14 – August 15, 2010: Emerging Artists of NYC @ The New York Irish Center, LIC, NY

• July 18 – July 24, 2010: OTZ Rooftop Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

• July 14, 2010: FAFA group Show, Chelsea, NY

• June 19 – August 30, 2010: Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY

• June 5 – October 10, 2010: “Nature Rules” BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show on Governors Island.


• August 21 – August 29, 2010: On the Grid, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

• June 4 – June 27, 2010: Drawing of the Year, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

• March 6, 2010: Tape w/ no Name, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY



April: Group show @ St. Cecilia Convent, Greenpoint NY

June: Open Studios, Camel Art Space, NY

June: Crest Hardware Art Show, Brooklyn, NY

July: Group show, Chelsea, NY

September: Groupshow Galerie Gourvennec-Ogor, Marseille, FR


Solo, Galerie Gourvennec-Ogor, Marseille, FR

Sarah Fonzi

Sarah Fonzi is on the Sculpture Acquisitions Committee for the Griffis Sculpture Park and has been working extensively with the arts in the Western New York community.  Below is an image of her most recent sculpture.





Rob De Oude
Optic Motion/01, 2010
Aluminum, rope, paint, 8 x 6 x 2 feet



Come enjoy the gorgeous weekend in the park – bring some games, a blanket, food, and sunscreen, and be inspired by the art around you. It is fabulous to see so many people interact with the pieces – or just sunbathe next to them.


And for those interested in the progress Swoon was making on her piece a few weeks ago, here are some images from late April/early May.






We have all been so busy  in the last week since May 8 install, no time to write!  All 8 pieces are looking fantastic, and all 8 sculptors can now enjoy their hard work along with park goers.  We will up load some current photos, check back soon!


Sarah Fonzi, Machine Lace on Torch on Ground, 2010

Fonzi sculpture easr river state park for email

East River State Park always draws a crowd of sun-worshipers, musicians, picnic enthusiasts, and other people who just want to enjoy their company and an awesome view of Manhattan. Since last week, however, the hustle and bustle was heightened, and people can be seen stacking sandbags, building contraptions around trees, and building trees out of tires. You know what this means – only a few days are left until the official opening of the Williamsburg Waterfront Sculpture Show.

Here is more information about the artists:

Nathan Slate Joseph
Balls, 2000-6
Steel, 20 – 40 inches diameter, variable
Little Big Fish, 2009
Pigment on steel, 84 x 25 x 13 inches
Nathan Slate Joseph has an affinity for simplified forms and industrial urban materials, particularly steel. Steel is a pliable material that can be easily recycled, and that in some respects never disappears. Joseph takes steel sheets and exposes them to the outdoor elements. He aids the oxidation process using various methods and adds raw pigments to the rusted metal surfaces, thus producing a chromatic intensity. Joseph prefers to speak a straightforward language of shape and color.

Kathy Bruce
Woman Gazing at the Heavens, 2010
Bamboo, raffia framework over juniper bush, dimensions variable
The structures I build explore archetypal female forms that act as metaphors for traditional ideas associated with mother earth, Pacha Mama and the fertility of the earth, thus reconnecting contemporary society with its longstanding ritual traditions related to nature. I have constructed a number of figures over the past several years exploring sculptural structures that are built on, around or contain live plant material. My interests lie in creating temporary monumental sculptures utilizing organic materials that respond to the climate, eco –system, plant and animal life in the environment.

Kathy Bruce
Kathy Bruce

Rob De Oude
Optic Motion/01, 2010
Aluminum, rope, paint, 8 x 6 x 2 feet
Optic Motion /01 is comprised of a three panel structure, each panel consisting of lines pointing in different calculated directions, creating a consequent controlled optical pattern effect. The work, designed for this location, explores the changes of the intersecting lines through the physical motion of the viewer as well as the combined disciplines of drawing and sculpture, creating an optical drawn image in a 3D motion based experience. The unobstructed views of the proposed site, in combination with its relation to the water front is emulated in Optic Motion/01 by its open weave construction, together with the chosen ripple moiré effect that the combination of intersecting lines in the structure convey. The use of rope been submerged into our subconscious in its association with nautical and waterfront activities.

Howard Kalish
Child, 1993
Pigmented cement over steel, 46 x 46 x 46 inches www.geocities.com/howardkalish
The aesthetic basis of my work is growth and structure, the various ways forms are put together and become themselves, in nature and in the way the mind perceives it. I don’t try to render these things by picturing or copying natural models such as organic or inorganic forms, but rather by following analogous principles in the making of the sculpture to the way forms are made in the universe. The “look” of the finished piece is very much determined, just as it is in nature, by how it came into being and grew, and what influences were brought to bear on it along the way. Just as in nature, the most important factor in determining what it will become is the overriding structural principle. Most of the sculptures I make are open: they can be seen through, and the juxtaposition of the forms against each other, and the background, changes as one walks around them.

Wu-Ming in association with Littlefish Farms
Tree of Life, 2010
Mixed media living sculpture, 6 _ x 3 x 3 feet

nature is life
life is art
art is nature
no names needed
let’s eat, shall we?

follow the growth: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/littlefish/arboravita

Wu Ming + Littlefish Farms
Wu Ming + Littlefish Farms

Ursula Clarke
Shade, 2001-10
Saplings, pods, cones, beads, shells, 12 x 8 feet

I choose to make environmental art because its orientation is toward process, site and temporality. It is, I believe, more intimate and accessible, closer to people’s lives than galleries and museums because nature belongs to all of us. There is no way to frame it; you must just experience it. Because it is not so much about an object but more about process, it becomes a product of time and energy. The work expends its energies into the surrounding landscape and rather than communicating a personal or private truth, it opens itself up to a vast unending space. It makes us humble and reminds us that all is temporal.

Sarah Fonzi
Machine Lace on Torch on Ground, 2010
Steel, pigment, 6 x 3 feet x 2 inches

As a sculptor, I am currently examining issues of gender and society using traditional and nontraditional materials. Lace has become my principal theme. I have been exploring its use and the ways that I can manipulate it to create different meanings. Historically it has symbolized femininity. It is delicate, intricate, difficult and beautiful. I have been altering those characteristics through the use of different materials in conjunction with it and also as the lace itself. Lace impregnated with resin or concrete, for example, is stronger and can be more than just decoration.

Konbit Study for East River State Park, 2010
Wood, relief print, 15 x 15 feet

Swoon’s sculpture combines figurative elements, with elements of Super Adobe housing structures. The piece develops building techniques as well as raises awareness for her rebuilding project in Haiti. Together with her partners at Konbit Shelter, she has been working on a development that will provide dwellings and skill-building workshops for inhabitants of disaster stricken areas in Haiti.

Swoon put the finishing touches on her piece today – but the excitement does not stop here: tomorrow more artists will start their installation process. Keep coming back…

Swoon's finishing touches
Swoon’s finishing touches

The installation process started today at East River State Park.
Thank you to all the volunteers!!

East River State Park - first installation
Williamsburg Waterfront Sculpture Show 2010

Save the date – May 8, 2010 will be the official opening of the WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2010

East River State Park
East River State Park – before

Earth Day in the park — installation pictures to follow soon.

Next week the first artists will start installing their pieces at the East River State Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The official opening of the Inaugural Williamsburg Waterfront Sculpture Exhibition will be on May 8, 2010 and the show will run through June 6, 2010. Keep checking back on this page, as we will be posting upcoming community events, including a Swoon book signing and other upcoming events.