Live Research

Our Live Research opens up questions, invites dialogue and explores what public art can be in the 21st Century

Permanent Commissions

UP Projects were appointed by Berkeley Homes to deliver a public art strategy for their Vista development in Nine Elms, Battersea The strategy included proposals for integrated artists’ commissions across the site as well as community engagement events and activity.
UP Projects were invited to curate and produce a new commission for Folkestone Triennial 2014. We invited Pablo Bronstein to respond to the beach front and lower coastal promenade, in his first major public art commission.

Henry Krokatsis
Turning Tree

May 2015 - ongoing

Turning Tree is a permanent sculpture for Ladywell Fields, Lewisham. Henry Krokatsis took a section of a fallen Black Poplar and immortalised it in cast polished aluminium. Hovering above the surface of the River Ravensbourne, it rotates with the current. 

Tania Kovats

May 2011 - ongoing

Habitat is an environmental commission by Tania Kovats who created a sculptural floating garden for Islington’s City Road Basin. The thriving garden has been planted to encourage and support the local wildlife in an area increasingly dominated by urban development. 

Klassnik Corporation
The Fish Hotel

September 2014 - ongoing

The Fish Hotel, a playful installation made in a collaboration with The Klassnik Corporation and Thames 21, established a new habitat for the fish of Cornmill Gardens. This permanent commission nurtures wildlife in a section of the river previously inhospitable. 

Sans facon
The Field

January 2012 - ongoing

Working in collaboration with residents and Islington Council's landscape architects, Sans facon created a social space for Churnfield Green, Finsbury Park. Launched in 2014, The Field combines an elliptical seating area with curved lamp posts, which playfully frame the space.

London Fieldworks
Spontaneous City

July 2010 - ongoing

Spontaneous City is an installation drawing on the ecology and biodiversity of two sites on opposite sides of London. The sculptural 'habitat' contributes to the lifecycle of birds, providing spaces for shelter or nesting. It also offers habitats for insects.