COMMUNITY ART IN THE POST-DISASTER LANDSCAPES OF TODAY

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Site #3 "O Water!" Jonathan Traviesa: Jefferson Davis Neutral Ground

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"Installing this piece was the utmost thrill. Just knowing that it has the potential to engage random people who come across it - that it may inspire them to think about its existence. That they may like the simplicity and weirdness of throwing together a few different things in a public space. Also it was a little frightening to climb a ladder of that height - but that was really special - being high up in those trees. Also it felt great to work with friends and have them help me."
- Jonathan Traviesa

(This piece was found & written about on this blog: b.rox. ArtInAction works!)

































8 comments:

Editor B said...

Very impressive.

I wrote about it.

The piece was still there as of this morning, Nov. 30th!

ARTinACTION said...

I'm so glad you found & were interested in this piece. Your blog is fantastic, as well. Thanks for communicating ---

bayoustjohndavid said...

On my way to work this morning, I noticed a fire department truck and a park and parkways van parked nearby and two firemen and two parkways employees looking at the art work. One of the park employees had a shovel, I assumed they called the fire department to see if the rope was a live wire before taking it down. I was relieved to see the pitcher still hanging this afternoon, don't know how the map withstood the rain. Now I see the firemen already knew about it. now that I see the firemen already knew about it, I'm really curious.

dangerblond said...

Fantastic. Thanks for doing this.

ARTinACTION said...

Thanks y'all for the updates & support. We really appreciate it.

I'm so fascinated by what happens at these sites when I'm not there ... entire stories are unfolding.

We'll be checking on the piece tomorrow to refresh it if neccessary & I'll stop in on the firemen to see if they've anything to share ...

all night ninos said...

Hey John and co. This is a pitch perfect installation!! Simple, profound, and readable. I wish that I could be there for the smells and silence around that site. I know that neutral ground well. Also I think its agood start for a permanant memorial of all the rising waters that took so much and that will hopefully give back. I miss you and that mid-city-stuff your friend, Slade

ARTinACTION said...

Slade I'm so glad this piece speaks to you. It's not far from the cemetary we danced in that night long ago, of bloody knees & transistor radios! So many memories packed into the New Orleans landscape ... it really is a haunting/ed place.
And you're right, this piece is spot on. It was really exciting watching it go up. And miracle of miracles: it's still there! Nice symbolism that ...

Joey D said...

Juanito! Doodeh, what's up? Get in touch with me when you have a chance. my email: joe.davila@gmail.com