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Blake Pontchartrain: Encore, a rose sculpture in City Park 

New York artist Will Ryman created the sculpture

click to enlarge Encore was sculpted by New York artist Will Ryman.

Photo by Kandace Power Graves

Encore was sculpted by New York artist Will Ryman.

Hey Blake,

A while ago you wrote about a large sculpture of red roses in City Park. That sculpture has now been replaced with a smaller one of roses that are blue. Is this going to be a changing exhibit of roses?

Dear reader,

  One of the great things about New Orleans City Park is that there's always something new to discover there. In this case, it's something new but familiar. That's because the new blue rose sculpture is similar to the towering red one a reader asked about in August 2015.

  Both sculptures are the work of New York artist Will Ryman. The piece he originally installed at the park was unveiled in October 2014 as part of the Prospect.3 New Orleans art festival. That 30-foot-tall cadmium red sculpture, complete with roses, stems and thorns, was titled Icon. Though the art festival ended in January 2015, the sculpture remained on view well past that.

  A City Park spokesman joked that there was a hard freeze last winter and the red roses took it hard, shriveled and changed color. After a laugh, he explained that the real story is that the red rose sculpture was sold and now resides in California. The blue rose sculpture, titled Encore, is on display at the same location in the park on a temporary basis, or until it sells and is moved to a new home.


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