Love is in the air…at Brightwalk!

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The newest public art is getting ready to be unveiled at Brightwalk! The Love Motels for Insects by Brandon Ballengee are large sculptural pieces that will be covered in white awning cloth with UV LED lights behind it. Brandon is an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. At night the UV lights come on for about 3 hours and it acts as a big bug catcher attracting nocturnal beneficial insects such as moths and grasshoppers. Because it brings these insects in closer proximity to each other- it makes them easier to find each other and thus produce more beneficial insects- hence the name. Although that is one function of the Love Motels, they are really there to promote awareness about the insects in our ecosystem that are necessary to keep it functioning and to do it in an aesthetic and inviting way. We’ll keep you posted on the completion date!