The Arts Council of New Orleans é─˙Art in Public Placesé─¨ program is underway. Artwork commissioned by local artists through the Arts Councilé─˘s collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, began hitting the streets Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008.
Installation artist Sally Heller and fabricator Travis Linde have completed a life-size live oak tree with an artistically collaged house in its limbs entitled Scrap House
. As Heller says, é─˙Like so many remnants of cultural debris left dangling from branches brought after Katrina, Scrap House
é─Â.is a monument to natureé─˘s unpredictable powers.é─¨ Like all of Helleré─˘s work the piece is made from common materials and recycled elements, including the bark of the tree, which Linde cut out of recycled oil drums.
Michel Varisco has completed the installation of her photo banner project Fragile Land: Rotunda
and will celebrate the opening this Sunday evening, October 19, 2008. The transparent mesh black and white photo banners circle around the classical architecture of the fountain creating a magical new environment. Each image é─˙explores the fragility and regeneration of natural landscapes.é─¨
The Arts Council is proud to announce the installation of these two completed projects and eighteen more to come in the coming weeks.
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About é─˙Art in Public Placesé─¨
In collaboration with the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and an independent jury, the Arts Council selected twenty public art projects designed specifically by local artists for the City of New Orleans. Artists received $25,000 to create artwork to be placed in the public venue and help with rebuilding their artistic careers.
Artists from Louisiana and Mississippi who were affected by Katrina or Rita were eligible to apply through a Call to Artists advertised by the Arts Council of New Orleans. The commissions provide the opportunity for local and regional artists to showcase their work parallel to the international exhibits: Prospect.1 Biennial and Sculpture for New Orleans.