Herons on the Bayou
We are thrilled to announce the largest, most widespread public art project to hit Ouachita Parish!
This project will revolve around unique sculptures that will stand 6-7 feet tall and act as beacons throughout our community. Memphis has Tigers, New Orleans has Bead Dogs and Street Cars, and Slidell has Pelicans. Our sculpture will be a Heron, inspired by the Blue Heron that can be found in this area.
We are asking our community to help make this project a reality by becoming sponsors for the Herons. Each sponsor that makes a donation of $2500.00 will receive a one of a kind Heron. The Heron sculptures we are making will all be identical at first, but each one will end up a unique work of art, created by our talented local artists.
Our community will be invited to submit possible designs for the Herons. We will host a competition for our local schools, art programs, art instructors, college art students, university art students and any community member young and old that has an original design concept that they can bring to fruition in paint or mosaic. Artists will submit design ideas and our Sponsors will be given the opportunity to select the design that best suits them. As an incentive to our sponsors, we are allowing the sponsors to select from the submitted and approved designs based on the order in which we receive their sponsorship.
Our hopes and goals are to see this project grab the hearts of our community from the very beginning. We want our Herons to find homes all throughout our community.
These 3D renderings show how our heron sculpture will be created. Metal legs will be added to connect the sculpture to a concrete base.
Brooke Foy, Assistant Professor
The University of Louisiana Monroe
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:
City of West Monroe • Downtown Arts Alliance
Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council • Downtown West Monroe Revitalization Group
West Monroe – West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce • Monroe Chamber of Commerce