This summer I visited New Orleans, a place known for Mardi Gras, live music, art, and spicy food. While I was there I went to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Dr. Seuss and the George Rodrique galleries, and the New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum. I also spent time exploring the Arts District, an historic neighborhood filled with the works of local artists. I love how the city embraces its French, African and American cultures. Here are some pictures from our trip.
One of my favorite pieces was a large scale sculpture called America by Will Roman. The artwork is a "reflection on the industries and economies that built the United States of America over the past few centuries." On the outside, the structure looks like a large log cabin representing Abraham Lincoln's childhood home and the color symbolizes the gold many sought in America. The inside is a collage of geometric mosaic panels created with materials from the industries and historical trends that have shaped America. You will see everything from arrowheads to railroad ties to pills to iPhones and keyboards. While the structure represents our nation, it reminded me of how we may look one way on the outside but inside we are a collection of complexity created from events and memories of our past.