Public art is to a city what a soul is to a body. You could survive without it, but the richness and spirit it provides would vanish. In New Orleans, street art in particular is part and parcel of the city’s very nature. It is available to everyone because of its most important characteristic: it is free. Our only job? Know where to look (and keep our eyes peeled). Read on for where to find work NOLA street art by six selected artists below.
Banksy, the world-renowned British graffiti artist, visited New Orleans in 2008 and created 14 pieces of street art. While most are now destroyed or covered up, a few remain. The most well-known is a stencil of a girl with an umbrella raining on her on the corner of Kerlerec and North Rampart streets. An artist well-versed in social and political commentary, this work seems to be a metaphorical critique of the levee failures after Hurricane Katrina.
Candy Chang is the experimental urban artist whose Before I Die participatory mural project spread from New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood to vertical public spaces across the globe. In her mural She Dreamed ...