Building the river

This short film, narrated by Wopo Holup, details the fabrication and installation process for the Kansas City Police Academy project "The River".

River drawings

Drawings which expand upon the ecological ideas in the projects, have been shown in solo exhibitions at Mill Museum, NPS (National Park Service), Lowell, MA, Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, MO, and Charles Schulz Gallery at Sonoma State University, Rohnert, Park, CA. They have also been shown in group exhibitions at the Center for Architecture, NYC and a traveling exhibit for The Center for Creativity and Design, University of North Carolina.

Artist's statement

Artworks can bring a public place into focus by linking its natural environment with the history that has played out over the land. Public art at its best, creates a work that stimulates reverie and affords us a fresh look at our surroundings. The art plays a supportive role to the community's experience of the place itself.

Our environment and the vast, inter-connecting structures that sustain it, are of great interest to me. Whether the scale is minute or monumental, the systems within nature that branch, divide, and repeat are infinitely fascinating.

Awards include a New York City CAP, NEA Artist-in-Residence and New York State Artist-in-Residence.

Contact Wopo at wopoholup(at) or by phone at (212) 625-9890.

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Florida constellations Tampa International Airport

The river Kansas City Police Academy

New growth forest Philadelphia Zoo

Common ground BQE Thoroughfare

Intersections Lehman College

River that flows two ways Battery Park

Tree of life University of Connecticut Health Center

Gold star project Trinity Church Wall Street