2020 Public Art Award, Gentilly Resilience District, “Footbridge Over the Bioswale”

The City of New Orleans is in the process of overhauling several blocks of Gentilly’s water management infrastructure, and my proposal to build a community-designed footbridge over a new bioswale is one of 5 public art projects awarded.

This image is not the final artwork – a design process with community input will decide the final design of the footbridge. The concept is for the footbridge artwork to reflect and name the native plants in the bioswale, providing a reference source for identifying water-loving plants, an important part of water management solutions. Ground breaking for the project is slated for summer 20200. Several community outreach programs have been held. Native Plants Initiative helped neighborhood residents make seed balls at an outreach event.