Arty Avenue: The Poydras Street Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

The public-art project expands—in a big way.

Sculpture for New Orleans, the ongoing public-art project that began in 2006 as a way of rebuilding the Crescent City art scene following Hurricane Katrina, has added a few new feathers to its cap. The Poydras Street Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Helis Foundation, which was once confined to the Central Business District, now stretches from the Mississippi past the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and toward Mid-City.

Among the recent additions is Texas-based sculptor William Canning’s “Stacked V” at Poydras and Carondelet streets. Constructed from sheet steel inflated with compressed air, each of the installation’s pillowy squares spin separately, changing color and mirroring life along the busy thoroughfare.

But what really stops traffic is “Avian Avatars” by the Boston-based collective The Myth Makers. The series of five 20-foot-tall birds—a red-tailed hawk, an owl, a crow, a falcon and a pigeon (symbolizing tourists)—runs along Poydras, between S. Claiborne and S. Galvez streets. Woven from thin tree branches and incorporating other not-so-natural elements like golf clubs, plastic grocery bags and rubber tubing, the giant sculptures keep watch over the expanding street scene.

GALLERY: "Avian Avatars"

All photos ©Crista Rock 2016