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Curator's Note:

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, creativity thrived and helped to heal a community crushed by disaster.  Now, five years later, artistic works across New Orleans grow where structures crumbled and lives were washed away.  


Tour New Orleans with Craft in America and view the sculptures of artist Thomas Mann, who created Storm Cycle, a series documenting the city that was left behind.  Travel with Tavis Smiley to the Musicians' Village, a post-Katrina rebuilding project that will be a home for music-makers.  Watch artist Jana Napoli talk about her work A Wailing Wall, a feature from Louisiana PBS affiliate LPB.

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Storm Cycle: Flood Walls

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Artist Thomas Mann describes Flood Wall: This depicts the 17th St. Canal breach & resulting loss of 60,000 homes. Canals were excavated long ago to drain swamps and create more land. They became channels where massive pumps pushed storm outflow into Lake Pontchartrain. The canal walls built by the Army Corps of Engineers were to protect from a Category 3 storm surge. The failure of these walls is the largest civil engineering disaster in the history of the U.S. The main reasons are that the steel sheeting wasn’t driven down deep enough and the funds the Corps got to bring the walls up to Cat. 5 were used by the Bush administration for Iraq.

See more of Thomas Mann's Storm Cycle images and video at Craft in America's location based Virtual Exhibition.

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