Ap Verheggen on Bulgarian TV

Information about Urban Chameleons on famous FAQD website


New Urban Chameleon sculpture

Welcome to my new Urban Chameleon: Murum Arcu . In size the largest one I ever build of this spectacular species. ( 180 by 140 cm. )


Subridens Dracone I


Ap Verheggen at TEDxAmsterdamLive


Urban Chameleon on Screen Print

Just finished a unique Urban Chameleon screen print (zeefdruk). Limited edition of 50 art works.

2nd period Cultural Ambassador for UNESCO-IHE

Last week I signed the docs for the next period as a Cultural Ambassador for UNESCO-IHE. A great honour for me to represent the largest institute for water education of the United Nations.

Ap Verheggen on TEDx Amsterdam, June 2013

To view the videoclip: http://youtu.be/l-PtkDTwxJQ


Family Extension

We welcome 'Adhaerebat-Parieti-II' as a new member of the family. Discovered in West Netherlands. 2013.


from the series 'Urban Chameleon'

Sol Cultor I

Spotted on the wall: a real Urban Chameleon. ( Sol Cultor I species )


My new series of sculptures: 'Urban Chameleons'

While we are preparing the SunGlacier Project, I am still sculpting. My newest sculptures are inspired on camouflaged animals, and the series are called: 'Urban Chameleons'. The sculptures are made out of poxy and painted in the same colour as their surrounding.


Study Sculptures for 'Urban Chameleons' series

In 2012 I visited the jungles of Costa Rica. Most fascinating of all great experiences was that animals have a perfect camouflage. A perfect shape and colour adaption to the surrounding world. The sculptures below are a study for a new serie named 'urban camouflage' that will be presented in 2013. Because these are study models I framed them. Next sculptures are 'white on white', the most perfect 'urban camouflage'.



Pitch 2033

For Dutch radio: Please send in your best idea for the future. I am a member of the jury.


The CR Frog

In Costa Rica I got inspired by the beauty of the Poisened Frog. Therefore I decided to make a new series of sculptures. This one is crawling just beneath the ceiling.
CR Frog, 1 mtr. by 1 mtr. 


Sculpture 'Eagle' has landed in Zurich

We installed sculpture 'Swiss Eagle' in the hills of Lake Zürich. The sculpture is in bronze, height 1.80 mtr.


Have a look at our new project: SunGlacier

our new project:

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An eagle in bronze for collectors in Switzerland. Border lake Zürich

 The Eagle in wax
 Bringing the waxmodel to the malt-studio
Making the first malts
In a couple of weeks we can begin with casting the pieces in bronze. I'll keep you upated


New Art Project, New Website: www.SunGlacier.com

Next week more information on website: http://www.sunglacier.com/


Art Project impressions on international TV stations


World's most extraordinary water

We tapped two bottles of water of our own melting iceberg. I took them back home and they will be decanted into special designed bottles, as everlasting icons for this artproject. One of the bottles will be sold to finance my new artproject. (Photos by my good friend Dr. Wilfred E. Richard)


Arctic Apocalyps or Global Opportunities?

I just returned to The Hague after a spectacular voyage of discovery throught an unknown world and remote places with stories that the worldwide audience will touch and shock! In the next few days I will publish as much as possible. Next to that I will announce how our art project is caught for eternity. Cheer, Ap
For Canadian visitors of this webpage: I am 'live' on radio at CBC Newfoundland, 8:00 AM


Live from Uummannaq

The iceberg is melting really fast, because of it' s topspeed. The local people in Uummannaq are as enthusiastic as I am and join us to the iceberg. On the map it looks pretty close to UMQ, island, but they are already far away!
Something strange is going on the Uummannaq Bay: Last night the Uummannaq Bay filled itsselve with icebergs. Normally a happening for September........
The melting icebergs, cracking in pieces, is so loud that you even can hear it in your bed.
I don't have final plans for today, but leaving tomorrow.
I keep you posted, cheers, Ap


In the middle of the night

Yesterday we filmed at 24:00 sharp. The sun touched the horizon but didn't go down. A great experience! We noticed that our iceberg was leaning to one site, but after we returned form the old Inuit mummy graves at the other side of the fjord, it turned back again in the good position. Unbelievable that an iceberg get's a character. Greetings from Uummannaq, Temperature: T-shirt, full sunshine, no wind.


Sculptures are crossing Uummannaq

Today we went with a boat to film the departure of the sculptures towards the Baffin Bay. Because the camera shakes in the boat, we decided to place the camera on other icebergs, that also provided us fot ater of thousands of years old. Great weather, great pictures, what can I say more? Keep you updated,
cheers, Ap


Arrival in uummannaq

I just returned from our first trip to the floating iceberg. It' s great and unbelievable how fast it is drifting. The shape didn't change much during it's drift, so we believe it will travel for a long time. The bay is filled with icebergs, way many more than in March. It looks like the wind will slow down, so we return to film a good impression. I included a picture of the dreamteam of the Uummannaq Polar Institute. A great crew.
Tonight we plan to go to Uummanatsiaq and stay there for while. I never was in Greenland without snow, but now I know where the green is coming from: It has to be the colour of the water.
I keep you posted. Cheers, Ap


Ap on his way to Uummannaq

Really great! Tomorrow Ap is leaving to Uummannaq to see the drifting iceberg by himselve. The route of the iceberg is very special. It turned first backwards to it's glacier where it was born, said goodbye and is now drifting back to Uummannaq. It's froozen waterdrops on the side are as tears for starting it's exciting voyage to an unknown world. We received pictures from Dr. Will Richard and a clip from Sara Svarta Sorensen, that are really cool! Of course Ap will send updates of this special trip, as internet connections allow.



The moment everybody waited for has arrived: The sculptures are drifting!. Please have a look at: http://www.coolemotion.org/art-on-the-map-temp.html ( maybe you first have to install the plug-in )
Ole Jorgen Hammeken, together with his wife Ann Andreasen, our both bestest friends, immediately took a boat and sent us the pictures. THANKS! We are more than excited where the voyage will go.
As you can see, the start was going deeper into the bay, but now they are on their way back to Uummannaq, hopefully soon in Baffin Bay. Shortly new posts will arrive. We keep you in touch.


Iceberg still stuck

Despite 2 huge storms, some neighbour icebergs that turned over and floated away, our iceberg is still stuck. So everybody is free to send in new predictions when it starts to drift.


'The angle between earth and the sun changed'

Since I travel through the Arctic, I ask people what's their explanation for climate change. Some of the older hunters, who rely on the position of the sun for reasons of navigation, have an answer I never could explain: 'The angle between earth and the sun changed'. I got this answer many times in all different places.
Last week I read an article from a Belgian journalist who interviewed a hunter in Gjoa Haven, Northern Canada, and he told her the same answer: 'The angle of the sun changed'. I couldn't resist and contacted a friend of mine who next week will receive his Ph.D. in astronomy. His response was overwhelming: he asked me if I had a brain collapse. The angle between earth and the sun didn't change, and never will in the next thousands of years!
I can't get it out of my mind. Did the composition of atmospheric gasses change so that the breaking angle changed? I still don't have an explanation, but am sure that something changed. Who knows the answer?


Video of iceberg movement on 28th of April


cool(E)motion presentation for Ambassadors in Des Indes

The Danish Ambassador, H.E. Kirsten Malling Biering, invited Ap Verheggen to present project CE in attendance of the Canadian Ambassador H.E. Jim Wall, the Spanish Ambassador H.E. Juan Prat y Coll, the Ambassador of Finland H.E. Klaus Korhonen, and the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Hans Magnusson.  Ap showed the presentation about the Uummannaq project and explained his mission regarding climate change. It made a deep impression how the people of the most beautiful Arctic spot in the world: Uummannaq, have to cope with a changing climate. Next to that Ap told about the Uummannaq Children's Home and the sunglasses project.
After all ambassadors told how climate change has it's impact in each country, it showed the need that project cool(E)motion has to continue.
Thanks to the support and hospitality of Des Indes: Pierre-Henri Bosovers & Ben Hardeman, it was a great success.

Live picture from Uummannaq

Our iceberg seems to be the one that has a short delay of starting it's spectacular voyage. Our good friend Bertrand Lozay just send us a 'live' picture. I keep the departure date on the 28th of April.  (high tide) If you have other predictions, please let it know.


Neighbour icebergs started their Arctic trip. Exciting!

picture on 17th of April
Picture on 18th of April


Ap on the Dutch radio: VPRO, De Avonden

Tonight, in the first hour of VPRO radio, De Avonden, channel 6, at 19:00, an interview with Ap Verheggen - cool(E)motion Project. More info: press here


When do the sculptures start their trip?

That's the question. The iceberg is stuck on a line of rocks under water. It needs high tide and wind to push it over. If I have a look at the tidestable, the best possible answer is: wednesday, the 28th of April. ( see tide calendar ) If you have another prediction: please let it know!


Photo from Tiina Itkonen, made from helicopter

On behalve of the cool(E)motion team and the Uummannaq Polar Insitute we wish everybody a great Easter.


The iceberg is turning!

Have a look at our webcam and compare the right corner with the iceberg behind. It's turning! When will it start to float? We don't know, but come back on http://www.coolemotion.org/ and have a look. Who will send the first mail to announce the start?


cool(E)motion on MSNBC

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Dutch News special (NOS)


Reuters video reports

We finally succeeded!

The sculptures are placed on the iceberg. Our first plan of going by dogsledges to the iceberg and place them on top was impossible. The sea ice is so bad that even our project seems to be overruled by the fast changing nature. I joined a couple of hunters untill the foot of the icecap, but even there we couldn' t trust the circumstances. Therefore we had to change our plan and put the sculptures with a helicopter on an iceberg that is very near to the village of Uummannaq. As we noticed the locals also can' t trust nature anymore. Normally the white plains are filled with dogsledges but now it is empty.

Thanks to our great team and the help of many local people, including the children of the Children's Home, we succeeded in making the art project. It was a very great experience standing on the iceberg, releasing the sculptures with in the background the famous mountains of Uummannaq. The sculptures look great! The voyage of the sculptures started as we could see that the iceberg already moved this morning.