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‘Love Motel for Insects’ in Laramie’s Depot Park Closes Sept. 17

September 8, 2016
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Brandon Ballengée’s “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Depot Park Variation” is on view at Laramie’s Depot Park through Sept. 17. (UW Art Museum Photo)

Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée’s temporary public artwork, “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Depot Park Variation,” will be on view through Saturday, Sept. 17, at Laramie’s Depot Park.

The installation is part of a series of public programs that will culminate in an exhibition, “WASTE LAND: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée, 1996-2016,” on view Sept. 10-Dec. 17 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum.

“Love Motel for Insects” is an ongoing series of international public art installations that Ballengée has created over the last 10 years to provide situations between humans and arthropods. The works use ultraviolet lights on enormous sculpted canvases to attract insects and create an opportunity for public interactions with nocturnal arthropods, which are not often seen.

The “Love Motel for Insects: Laramie Depot Park Variation” is funded, in part, by the Laramie Beautification Committee, Laramie Parks and Recreation, Laramie River Conservation District, Union Wireless, UW Art Museum Gala funds, UW Biodiversity Institute and Wyoming Public Media.

For more information, call the Art Museum at (307) 766-6622, visit the website at, or follow the museum on Facebook.

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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