Something else to commemorate pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans. I know it's getting old, but it's coming up on the 3 year anniversary and it's been on my mind.
First let me say that this was not my idea. A friend of mine makes these and sells at the New Orleans Art Market, for those in the area. She was very excited and supportive when I told her I was making my own. I'm already collecting glass for my next window.
Unfortunately for the first section I poured I used fiberglass resin, which apparently isn't clear and doesn't dry clear, like I was hoping. crap. I'm using it as a metaphor for the floodwaters from Katrina, although I might knock those sections out and do something new.
Are you guys starting to get an idea of what my house looks like?
Here's the final product:
You can see my bed post in this one. Those knobs go great with the window, because they all catch the light. Actually, there are 3 knobs left over from the bed attached to the top of the window.
I have this scarf in the window because the stucco wall of my neighbor's shed is 3 feet away from my window, and that's all I see.
This was a great way to preserve all those little things I've collected over the years.
The arch of nails and screws is a rainbow of rebirth and rebuilding of New Orleans.
The flamingos are just cool, and popped up all over the city outside the FEMA trailers.
The lost keys represent all the empty homes in the city. They are keys to nothing.
This is my favorite--a Napoleon lapel pin and a dead bee; bees were his person emblem and are fast becoming my own.
Here's a shot at night, to give you another idea of the colors.
Quote made on my label maker, from GOGOL BORDELLO, who are coming back to New Orleans in 2 months!
Some detail. The slides are all of my own artwork, much of which was destroyed in the Hurricane.
Here's the window before I poured the resin. If you make one of your own, BE SURE to set up your window on some 2x4s before you arrange everything. I had to very carefully
lift mine up at the last minute.
The window weighs 20 pounds, and is hanging from chains from the solid window frame.