Oct. 16, 2008 10:49
What does New Orleans have in common with Paris? Aside from language, food, and genealogy, the New World French city is now joining the Old World culture capital in transforming utilitarian public structures into art. What does New Orleans have in common with Paris? Aside from language, food, and genealogy, the New World French city is now joining the Old World culture capital in transforming utilitarian public structures into art. The latest form and function fusion taking place along Canal Street is the erection of adorned streetcar shelters. Think Paris’s Beaux Arts metro entrances. Then think again. The Canal Street shelters are canvases for 14 contemporary Louisiana artists, including Lafayette’s Shawne Major, whose work was chosen from 127 submissions. Major’s streetcar shelter is titled Sub Rosa Subduction, click here to see the original work. The first one, Floral Lake Lanterns by New Orleans artist Morgana King is already up, near the Aquarium of the Americas. The city will put them up one by one, until they are all in place by November 1, in conjunction with the Crescent City's  Prospect.1 international art exhibition.