Located in New Orleans' Central Business District, Poydras Street is a bustling avenue, playing host to businessmen running between meetings, local entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, athletes and more. Home to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the area becomes a sea of black and gold on game days, welcoming both local and visiting fans to join in the fun. But Poydras Street is more than the metropolitan high rises and traversing crowds - the street also plays host to local art with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Sculpture for New Orleans Program.
Sculpture for New Orleans began shortly after Hurricane Katrina with the mission of lifting the spirits of the people of New Orleans through public art and to provide local and regional artists the opportunity to show in a public venue.
In cooperation with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation was launched in January of 2013. Since the project's inception, 16 sculptures by southern artists of local and international acclaim have been installed on the neutral ground of Poydras Street between the interstate and Convention Center Boulevard.
These sculptures have done more than provide an opportunity for artists to display their work in downtown New Orleans. The Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition has attracted new audiences to the corridor and engaged visitors in a new way.
Whether you're a football fan headed to a game or an art afficionado passing between galleries and museums, Poydras Street is a unique stop in the heart of New Orleans, juxtaposing the industrial and the intellectual.
Martin Payton, Savoy*
Carlos Borer, No. 386
Mia Kaplan, Swamp Flower*
Wesley Wofford, Reawakening
James Surls, Standing Vase with Five Flowers
David Borgerding, Sasskasoon*
Jason Kimes, At Rest
Enrique Alferez, Gymnast*
Ed Wilson, Nethership
Russell Whiting, Man Defeats Chair*
John Henry, Zach's Tower
Jim Gallucci, Sunflower Gate
Lin Emery, Octet
David Borgerding, VOLPANG
Jeffie Brewer, Shayla, The Pink Bunny
*Denotes New Orleans or Louisiana based artist.
The project is generously underwritten by The Diana Helis Henry and The Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds of The Helis Foundation.