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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fleur de Brees

Posted By on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 9:22 PM

The trope of the Saints' phoenix-like rebirth, their triumphant rise from the former ruins of the Superdome, finds perfect symbolic expression in the Fleur de Brees: a salvage art sculpture rendered from black and gold found objects.

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The Fleur de Brees, a 10-inch by 8-inch spinoff of the popular Fleur Debris sculpture line Heather Mattingly launched four years ago, coruscates with broken gold jewelry, Mardi Gras beads and other flotsam and jetsam endemic to the streets of New Orleans.

"I fill it with all kinds of salvage, scraps and found objects, everything that's rusty that I pick up on the streets,"  Mattingly says. "I drag a magnet around and pick up bottlecaps, broken costume jewelry, doubloons--anything I can fit in there."

Mattingly is taking orders for the Fleur de Brees or other custom orders now and can be reached at 570-0404 and nolasalvage@yahoo.com. Or check out her craigslist ad.

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