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.

Submit A Design!

1. Download our artist entry form and template packet.

2. Create your designs manually or digitally on the template, including your name and the title of the design on the template sheet. Artists can submit an unlimited amount of designs.

3. Email your designs and completed artist entry to heronsonthebayou@gmail.com by 5:00 PM, November 30, 2018.

4. Selected artists will be notified by January 11, 2018

These are examples from other citywide projects across the country. The possibilities for unique artistic designs are endless!

Become a Sponsor!

Download our Sponsor Commitment to begin the process.

Payment and Signed Sponsorship Agreement are due by December 7, 2018.


Brooke Foy, Assistant Professor

The University of Louisiana Monroe


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

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