Category Archives: Louisiana

Grandjean Bridge: New Orleans City Park

The Grandjean Bridge, named for George Grandjean, park commissioner and designer of the original lagoons, is one of nine bridges built by the WPA in New Orleans City Park.  Constructed in 1938, the bridge is located behind the New Orleans Museum … Continue reading

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Rain Goddess

Enrique Alférez was the son of a Mexican sculptor.  He came to the United States and studied with sculptor Lorado Taft in Chicago, moving to New Orleans in 1929 (New Orleans City Park).  Alférez’ works are seen throughout City Park … Continue reading

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McFadden Cabin: New Orleans City Park

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is seen in many of the artistic and functional structures of New Orleans’ City Park.  The McFadden Girl Scout Cabin was donated to the park by William McFadden and constructed in the early 1920s, specifically … Continue reading

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Fountain of the Four Winds

Enrique Alférez created the Fountain of the Four Winds sculpture and fountain in 1936-1937 for the Shushan Airport–later New Orleans Airport and currently, Lakefront Airport. Alférez served as director of the sculpture program for New Orleans WPA artists (Works Progress … Continue reading

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Flight Over Bali: Xavier Gonzalez

Xavier Gonzalez is pictured sitting in front of the mural Bali, holding a paint brush.  This mural is missing from those in the former Shushan Airport of New Orleans.  Some evidence exists that it may have been destroyed (either accidentally … Continue reading

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Flight over Egypt: Xavier Gonzalez murals

I think of all the Xavier Gonzalez murals painted for the New Orleans airport in 1938, the flight over Egypt might be my favorite story–though not necessarily favorite painting.  I think there are aspects of all of them that make … Continue reading

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Paris and the Lindbergh Landing: Xavier Gonzalez Mural

Fifth in the series of murals painted by Xavier Gonzalez in 1938 for the newly opened Shushan Airport in New Orleans, Paris and the Lindbergh Landing shows Lindbergh’s arrival in Paris following his 1927 New York City to Paris trans-Atlantic flight. … Continue reading

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New York Metropolis

The wealth and power of modern civilization seem symbolized by Manhattan’s famous sky-line, towering in the distance across the Hudson River, against the glorious background of the rising sun. The commerce and industry of the Metropolis are proclaimed by the … Continue reading

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Land of the Mayas: Gonzalez Mural in New Orleans Lakefront Airport

The “Land of the Mayas” mural depicts a Sikorsky plane flying over the Pyramids of the Magician in Uxmal, Mexico. Igor Sikorsky, originally from Ukraine, established the Sikorsky Corporation in 1925, in Connecticut.  Sikorsky is likely most remembered for developing … Continue reading

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Flight Over South Pole

Second only to Lindbergh’s epic in firing the enthusiasm of the public were Admiral Byrd’s achievements at the South Pole. In this panel, the big triple-motored Ford monoplane “Floyd Bennett” is shown taking off from the ice for a flight … Continue reading

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