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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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Slideshow: Details of the Storm Cycle

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Thomas Mann is a New Orleans artist and jeweler famous for his “Techno-Romantic” designs. Feeling an emotional urgency to understand and respond to the devastation in his hometown, he created a series of wall panels & jewelry pieces to document his beloved city after Hurricane Katrina.

Each panel tells a different story referencing shattered walls, abandoned pets, rescue boats landing on roofs and ghostly presences. He spent weeks traversing the city, taking photographs and gathering items he then used to create the series entitled Storm Cycle: An Artist’s Response to Hurricane Katrina.

The images in the slideshow are details of the following works:

1. Angel

2. We Live in a Bowl

3. FEMA Trailer

4. Flux

5. Make it Right

6. Markings No. 4 - Wall Street

7. Escaping the Flood

8. Local Hero

9. Power Down

10. Local Artist

11. Flood Wall

12. Empty

13. Markings No. 3 - X

14. Gulfline

15. Lift Off

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

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