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Large-Scale Outdoor Sculpture Recently Installed in Downtown New Orleans

Sculpture for New Orleans (SFNO) has completed its first phase of public sculpture along the Poydras Corridor, Convention Center Boulevard and Diamond Street. Seven sculptures—created by seven leading Southern artists—were installed on the neutral ground in time for the hundreds of thousands of visitors New Orleans will see for Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras 2013.

Curated jointly by Sculpture for New Orleans and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the exhibition will ultimately feature 25 sculptures from 25 of the American South’s most significant artists, many with national and international relevance. These sculptures join 45 other sculptures that have been placed throughout the city, many from the initial SFNO installation. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art was the site of the very first SFNO sculpture in February 2008, “Me, Knife, Diamond and Flower” by James Surls.

Started in 2008, Sculpture for New Orleans began as a program to support public art in New Orleans, using large-scale outdoor sculpture to increase visibility and make the city even more appealing as an art destination. The inspiration for the Sculpture for New Orleans Poydras Street Corridor is the acclaimed Sculpture on Park Avenue program in New York City. Artist and Sculpture for New Orleans founder Michael Manjarris has been working for seven years to create a version of that prestigious project for New Orleans.

The exhibition is funded by The Diana Helis Henry and The Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds of The Helis Foundation, and in partnership with the City of New Orleans/Department of Parks and Parkways, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans, UNO Foundation, and the Wisner Foundation. The sculptures are on view from North Diamond Street at Convention Center Boulevard in front of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the Warehouse Arts District, along Poydras Street, ending in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the city’s Central Business District.

About Sculpture for New Orleans

Sculpture for New Orleans began as a vision by New Orleans native Michael Manjarris. Manjarris realized that sculpture could be a key component in rebuilding the art community and the city post-Hurricane Katrina by drawing the attention of the international arts community to New Orleans as an artistic center. As a sculptor, Manjarris has produced a number of major sculpture projects nationwide and sees the creation of sculpture parks as an art form as well. His projects include: Mariposa Sculpture Park (Corpus Christi, Texas), Hudson River Sculpture Trail (Commissioned by Martin Ginsburg of Ginsburg Development to form a sculpture trail from New York City to Peekskill, N.Y.), among others.

SFNO Poydras Street Corridor: Currently on View Approaching from Lake Pontchartrain side to Mississippi River side

1. Savoy, 1990-201
Martin Payton (Louisiana)
Painted Steel
Poydras Street/Loyola Avenue

2. No. 386, 2006
Carlos Borer (Switzerland)
Stainless Steel
Poydras Street/Loyola Avenue

3. Swamp Flower, 2013
Mia Kaplan (Louisiana)
Poydras Street/Penn Street

4. Reawakening, 2007
Wesley Wofford (North Carolina)
Poydras Street/O’Keefe Avenue and Baronne Street

5. Standing Vase with Five Flowers, 2010
James Surls (Texas/Colorado)
Poydras Street/Baronne Street and St. Charles Avenue

6. Sasookasoon, 2010
David Borgerding (Louisiana)
Poydras Street/Carondolet and St. Charles Avenue

7. At Rest, 2010
Jason Kimes (Mississippi)
Poydras Street/Camp and Magazine Streets

8.Gymnast, c.1990
Enrique Alférez (1900-1991; Louisiana)
Poydras Street/St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street

9. Nethership, 1997-2013
Ed Wilson, (Texas)
Poydras Street/Tchoupitoulas and S. Peters Streets

10. Man Defeats Chair, 2010
Russell Whiting (Louisiana)
Carved steel
Poydras Street/Convention Center Boulevard

11. Zach’s Tower, 2007
John Henry (Tennessee)
Painted steel
Poydras Street/Convention Center Boulevard (in front of Harrah’s Casino)

12. Sunflower Gate, 2010
Jim Gallucci (North Carolina)
Convention Center Boulevard/N. Diamond Street
Galvanized steel

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