This afternoon, outside Armstrong Park on Rampart Street, city officials unveiled one of the 17 "Evacuspots," 14-foot sculptures to identify pickup points in the event the city activates its mandatory hurricane evacuation plan. The 2013 hurricane season began June 1.
"We can't be ready enough," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Every season is different."
The stick-man sculptures, created by artist Doug Kornfeld, indicate a pick up location where anyone can meet for a city-assisted ride out of the city. Robert X. Fogarty, founder of Evacuteer, which developed the Evacuspot idea, said the Evacuspots create public art that also serves a purpose, rather than "signs the size of a two-hour parking sign. ... These sculptures signify an evacuation we hope to never have to use," he said.
"Arts and culture intersect directly with civic goals," said Kim Cook, president of the Arts Council of New Orleans, which funded the $200,000 project.
Attached to the sculpture is a reminder about what you can and can't bring with you if you evacuate with the city: you can bring only one 22-inch by 15-inch luggage and you must have identification; pets must be in a carrier or on a leash and must be updated with vaccinations and identified; and no drugs, guns or "prohibited substances."
You can find all the Evacuspot locations listed here.