Artists, by nature, are creative people. But if their works are displayed outdoors, some practical thinking is required to make sure they stand up to the elements.
The Bestoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) must be the award winner for proof of these dual requirements.
Heat, cold, rain, and snow are the normal meteorological adversaries of public art; but for sculptures to stand in 6 feet of salt water for 20 days must be the ultimate test!
And this is exactly what happened when the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina overtopped the levees near the museum almost ten years ago.
NOMA is in the City Park neighborhood near Lake Ponchartrain. The sculpture garden has an excellent collection of art from world-renowned masters such as Renoir, Rodin, and Magritte; but we particularly enjoyed the more contemporary, avant-garde pieces.
And while a few sculptures were added post-Katrina, it’s impossible to imagine how the pre-storm works survived the flood without damage. But we’re amazed to find that they did.
Take a stroll with us through this wonderful sculpture garden and enjoy some of our favorites.
The NOMA sculpture garden is a world-class exhibit, which is even more amazing considering its history. If you visit New Orleans, don’t miss this endearing symbol of its survival and rebirth.
James & Terri
P.S. If you love New Orleans as much as we do you may enjoy these other posts in our New Orleans Series.