New Orleans

Street art gets me kinda excited



A few weeks ago I visited my little sister in New Orleans, Louisiana for Thankful Day. She's a crazy, cool and ambitious chick getting her Masters degree in counseling at Loyolla. I've been thinking about the fact that the two major cities she has chosen to live in, San Francisco and New Orleans are also leaders in the street art scene. I wonder if this laid back, brainiac  could be an undercover street artist, hiding under a black hoodie and combat boots while she wheat pastes on public property at 2 am with Banksy? If you see a resemblance of this woman on the right in the New Orleans area, up to some spray paint biz-nass please let me know. I would love to black mail her for some books and choice jewelry that would be much happier in my possession.





Have you seen this woman street arting'? Olive complexion, curly hair, 5 ft. 2 in., sassy yet still classy


So the street art scene of New Orleans! First of all you need to know that the whole town of New Orleans screams artsy. From musical street performing bands....

to bands in every bar, to street art and street art installations. The place is two -legit. Meaning, it’s totally normal to see the likes of a Banksy just hangin’ out on the street corner...

A real live Banksy in New Orleans folks!

I personally appreciated the apparent tangible ownership the public seemed to have of their little town. For better...

or for worse....

Grafitti

(On a side note, wouldn’t it be rad if someone started a project that purposely sought out graffiti artists and help them develop their art skills and connect them with public property to show their art on? Sound rad? You should do it! Just another little dream of mine.)

The Gray Ghost is a fellow who is on the street art scene but, isn’t a fan of  it. The Gray Ghost waits until the art admirers like you and I are gone and then attacks the art! Yes, this dude totally kills the art, suffocating it with gray paint. Total buzz kill.

Gray Ghost art suffocating

Cofession: I am the Gray Ghost - False. Confession - I am a dork - Ding! Ding! True!

One of the major street art highlights in New Orleans right now is The Music Box installation by the artist Swoon. I know! I love her too!




The project is a renovated cottage that is completely musical. You pretty much “play the house” the way you would “play a guitar”.



The house includes many of Swoon’s wheat pastes that she’s popular for


as well as some awesome random stray dogs and cats that are just chillin’ with the art. Animals have such good taste!



Here’s a video of me “playing the house”





Oh! And on my visit I developed a new medium of art with my family, I call it Shadow Love




I hope this post inspired you to go check out some art this weekend or maybe create some of your own!

Posted: Dec 14, 2011
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