UAP Art Factory builds massive public works of art across the world
In 2008, “the business was so unique compared to the majority of what we saw,” Shen said of his first meeting with the Tobins, when he was working in the Queensland Government’s trade office in China. âWhen Matt Tobin came to my office to discuss how they might develop in China, after half an hour, I still couldn’t figure out how we could help him. He spoke a lot about art, artists and urban developmentâ¦ it was so rare 10 years ago.
Since then, it has become essential for the development of the market. “Integrating art into a larger business strategy is going to be very important going forward,” Shen explained, reflecting on the growth UAP has seen in her business and in her client approaches for a wide range. of projects. With the availability of selfie consultants these days and a growing interest in technology like augmented reality, it’s clear to Shen and his team that the future of urban development, especially in China, lies in the arts. And UAP may be in the right place to lead this conversation.
The way the company has developed in the PRC is a testament not only to its business acumen, but also to the idea that “Made in China” can be a testament to quality, and not just a affordable manufacturing.
The New York Public Art Fund chose to develop an ongoing partnership with UAP after offering to cover the initial cost of Ai Weiwei’s work and because of his proven commitment to high quality production.
It has become clear that UAP invests not only in its collaborators, but in the future of public art.