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What is Prospect.4 in New Orleans?

Katherine Bradford's "Five Moons" (Image courtesy the artist, Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York; CANADA Gallery, New York)

Prospect.4, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, is the fourth iteration of the triennial citywide art installation. All throughout New Orleans you’ll find sculptures, paintings, and unique works of art stemming from the exhibition’s inspiration: the lotus plant. Prospect New Orleans sets out to create collaborative and community engagement through art, culture, and education.

Sonia Boyce’s “Stilt Walker, Harewood House, England” (Photo courtesy of the artist and William J. Cummins)

In addition to the environment native to New Orleans, the culture the city was founded on also serves as inspiration as New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial. Just as the lotus rises in spite of the swamp, so did New Orleans thrive in spite of its toughest times throughout its 300-year history.

Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad’s “The Sweet and Salty Sea” (Photo courtesy of the artists and Nature Morte Gallery)

The more than 70 artists creating for Prospect.4 will incorporate international perspectives in their work, fitting to New Orleans and its growth since its founding. Prospect.4 will take place between November 18 – February 25.

Located citywide, you can find the art from Prospect.4 in many locations, including the Ace Hotel, Algiers Ferry, Contemporary Arts Center, Crescent Park, Habana Works Billboard, Historic Algiers Point, Historic New Orleans Collection, Lafitte Greenway, M. S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint, New Orleans City Park, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Perseverance Hall No. 4 and Louis Armstrong Park, Riverfront Streetcar Line, UNO-St. Claude Gallery, and the Welcome Center located on 750 Carondelet St.

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