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What's the deal with the phantasmagoric pelican-like creature at the entrance to Versabar in Belle Chasse? 

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click to enlarge Pelicans were sculpted from metal scraps to decorate the Versabar sign in Chalmette.

Photo by Kandace Power Graves

Pelicans were sculpted from metal scraps to decorate the Versabar sign in Chalmette.

Hey Blake,

What's the deal with the phantasmagoric pelican-like creature at the entrance to Versabar in Belle Chasse? Did they come from the 1984 World's Fair or what?

Jack Crais

Dear Jack,

  Versabar is an engineering company that was founded in 1981 by Jon Khachaturian. The company specializes in lifting heavy things using a range of tools and mechanisms, including cranes, hydraulic winches, and umbilical and riser pull-ins.

  The structure at the entrance to Versabar is not from the Louisiana World's Fair. It was created in 2011 by Mark Coulon Jr., Lynn Pellegrin and other artists, using scrap materials. During a lull at work, some fabricators at Versabar completed construction of the design, but what you see today is the second version. Hurricane Isaac in 2012 damaged the wings of the original pelicans, and they were patched later that year.

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