The vibrant city of New Orleans is home to some of the most iconic public art pieces in the world. From murals to sculptures, the city is full of art that celebrates its culture and history. One of the most famous pieces is the mural at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, which was created by local artist Carl Joe Williams. The mural is full of images that represent the arts, culture, and urban landscape of Central City.
Another popular piece is Forrest Reiff's mural, which was part of the New Orleans Arts Council's Fat City Mural Project. This project was intended to bring light to the Metairie corridor. The Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is also a popular destination for art lovers. Although it is part of the museum, it is free and open to the public.
The Helis Foundation has also sponsored an outdoor art gallery called Unframed, which features murals from local and international artists. This project has generated economic benefits for artists and has helped to make New Orleans a destination for contemporary art. The New Orleans Youth Leadership Council also created painted streetcars to raise funds for a new art pavilion. The artist behind this project has received commissions from many major institutions, including the Museum of Iconoclastic Millennium Art in Brussels and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca (Mexico).
One of the most beloved public art pieces in New Orleans is a mural dedicated to Mexican-born artist Enrique Alférez, who passed away seventeen years ago. The mural is part of the “Avian Avatars” series by Myth Makers, which was previously seen in New York and presented to NOLA for the Helis Foundation's Poydras Corridor sculpture exhibition Poydras Corridor. This piece represents a red-tailed falcon.