There used to be an amazing sculpture on South Rampart and Common streets. It was a street lamp collection. Where did it go?
Tom Yeend III
I hope lots of folks got to see this brilliant sculpture while it was in our city because now it is at the National Gallery of Canada.
The work, titled Majestic, takes its name from a local New Orleans funeral home where the piece originally was conceived and later created by Michel de Broin, an internationally recognized artist who won the 2007 Sobey Art Award. Majestic is a satellite-shaped structure constructed from decommissioned New Orleans street lamps and is illuminated at night. It was produced in New Orleans by local artisans using street lamp poles and other fixtures damaged during Hurricane Katrina; it is part of international art exhibition Prospect.2 New Orleans. De Broin said reclaiming items and using them for another purpose was a symbol of New Orleans becoming reorganized after chaos and creating new opportunities.