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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!

To reach THE POINT’s Hunts Point Riverside Campus at 1399 Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx (zip: 10474) using a combination of subway and walking or subway and bus to attend tonights event celebrating the permanent installation of Ballengée’s THE LOVE MOTEL FOR INSECTS “ACTIAS LUNA :

From the 6 train at Hunts Point Avenue, walk under the elevated Bruckner Expressway on Hunts Point Avenue, up the hill to Lafayette Avenue.
Take a left on Lafayette Ave, walk down the hill to Hunts Point Riverside Park. Before you enter the park enter THE POINT’s Riverside Campus, on the left.

You can also take the Bx6 from the subway to shorten your walk, to the top of Lafayette and walk down to the site from there.

AUGUST 25 @ THE POINT, SCULPTURE ILLUMINATED

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

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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 more installation photos and funding information, click on this facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.510060162341397.130598.117235798290504&type=1

Lindsay Wallace is pictured above. Photo by Mary Okoth.

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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.
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Magnifying glasses and binoculars in hand, kids searched in trees and under rocks to create their own bug collection.

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Frances Lucerno, of EL Puente, and UAP director, Kim Vaadia got together with a community member for a photo.

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The event even had music provided by the community members.

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It was a great setting for friends and family to gather for a picnic.

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And for those who didn’t bring their own dinner, there was bug pizza…for those who were brave enough to try it.

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As it started to get dark the “love motel” began to illuminate.

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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 sculpture at dusk.

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

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The Summer of Love 2012 continues with bug watching after dark!

Please join artist/scientist Brandon Ballengée for bug watching after dark! Bring your flashlight. Ballengée has asked that if you bring repellent, please bring the non-Deet type. This event is free and open to the public. Urban Art Projects’ “The Summer of Love 2012″ continues! Ballengée is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. The event is cancelled if it rains (check www.uaprojects.org/blog).

Please join artist/scientist Brandon Ballengée for bug watching on Thursday June 21st, 930-11pm.  The fun takes place next to  Ballengée’s illuminated Love Motel For Insects installation in the sculpture court generously donated by Jim Kempner Fine Art at 501 W 23rd Street. Ballengée has asked that if you bring repellent, please bring the non-Deet type. Don’t forget your flashlight! This event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled (check www.uaprojects.org/blog).

“Join” the event on Facebook, then invite your friends! http://www.facebook.com/events/331281186947842/

Opening Night of Urban Art Projects’

Summer of Love 2012 Love Motel for Insects!

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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.

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.

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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

Urban Art Projects is thrilled  TO ANNOUNCE:

THE SUMMER OF LOVE 2012


opening reception June 8, 6-930pm

great if you can come after 8pm so you can see Ballengée’s Love Motel for Insects sculpture illuminated as well as any insects too.

on exhibit through August 4 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”. People and insects of all stripes will be drawn to the enormous glowing luna moth, the first Love Motel for Insects installation that will soon be in the sculpture court, generously donated by Jim Kempner Fine Art, at 501 West 23rd Street.  Please stop by to engage in this interactive black light sculptural exhibit that offers a bold scientific and artistic inquiry into our urban ecology.  Free and open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 10am to 6pm and occasional evenings from June 9 through August 4 2012. The public need not hesitate as Ballengée has assured us that the structure will not lure many mosquitoes, ticks or other insects that bite! Also please “Like” us on facebook: www.facebook.com/urbanartp,  and follow us on twitter @urbanartp


Ballengee is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

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 , Butterfly Project NYC 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.

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