Bringing Public Art to Terrytown LA

Terrytown LA Art

If you were driving down Terry Parkway today you might have seen these fabulous and massive masks being installed on the neutral ground between Stumpf Blvd. and Carol Sue Parkway.

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Designed by artist Steve Martin, the masks are part of a public arts project sponsored by Jefferson Parish.   I was lucky enough to catch the artist as he supervised the installation and he told me that the masks are created from Cor-Ten steel, which is typically used in the construction of bridges.

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One of the requirements of the parish when they put out a call to local artists was that the designs needed to be maintenance free.  According to Steve, the metal is kiln fired, creating the rusty looking exterior.  But, it’s not the kind of rust that will cause the masks to deteriorate.  Instead, it provides a protective coating that will allow them to stand up to the elements and provide years of enjoyment to folks as they are driving through Terrytown.

Steve Martin has a local studio at 624 Julia Street in New Orleans that will be open for White Linen Night this Saturday and he is displaying the original models for the masks there.  If you stop in, be sure to thank him for designing a fantastic addition to the West Bank.

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