On Sunday, August 4, 2019, we launched a 30-foot water creature on Bayou St. John. Over the course of the preceding week, artist Carole Alden led the design and creation of this sculpture, working primarily with salvaged materials provided by the Green Project.
Carole learned about the Blue House and Civic Studio through Mixed Media I: Incarceration while she was in prison. After completing her sentence in 2019, she joined us in New Orleans to imagine, build, and launch a large water creature inspired by the waterways and water systems of New Orleans.
Carole developed a buoyant frame for the fish using sawn PVC pipe sections, metal wiring, and insulation foam. Carole guided volunteers in turning construction fencing and old CDs into a glittering skin for the fish, reworking discarded grass mats into fins, and laser discs into eyes and teeth. We also installed solar-powered lights to light up the fish at night.
The creature floated out on Bayou St. John for two days and two nights, and has been re-installed at the Green Project for public viewing.
Learn more about Carole and her artwork here.