There seems to have been an explosion of public art in New Orleans after Katrina, including one installation we find particularly interesting, but easy to overlook. From our neighborhood near the river all the way to Lake Pontchartrain, a series of poles have been installed in the median of Elysian Fields Boulevard. On each pole is a blue glass “bead” that is positioned to illustrate the water level during the flooding after the levees failed. The bead on the pole nearest us rests on the ground, because our neighborhood escaped the flooding. The one shown here is about halfway to the lake—this bead was about three feet above the ground. The bead on the pole a few blocks further was over six feet.
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