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.
Artist Thomas Mann describes Markings No. 4 - Wall Street: Humans weren’t the only victims of Hurricane Katrina. The animals suffered right along with the humans. I found this dog named Wall Street through the animal rescue volunteers. His owner had not returned so the animal rescue had spray painted messages like "Do not take this dog" and "This dog is being fed by volunteers." I've gone to visit and photograph Wall Street numerous times, always bringing along doggie snacks in hopes of coaxing him into some personal contact, but he is very skittish and withdrawn. The only way I can photograph him is to do a "drive by" and catch him unaware.
See more of Thomas Mann's Storm Cycle images and video at Craft in America's Virtual Exhibition.