Water Challenge Arts Pitch Winner Announced

The Arts Council New Orleans is proud to congratulate Michel Varisco as the winner of the 2015 Water Challenge Artist Pitch. Michel, was one of three semifinalist selected to present their respective sculpture concept designs on stage at Propeller’s water challenge day during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. In front of an audience of more than 150 New Orleans artists, designers, students, and community members, Michel eloquently spoke to the story of New Orleans history with water and the potential for her interactive sculpture to bring light to the subject and educate the public.

The sculpture is designed to be a sensory experience allowing viewers to touch and rotate three large etched steel cylinders reminiscent of a Tibetan prayer wheel. The rotation of the cylinder will create a sound that will emerge from within the piece, emitting low chimes representing the passing of time, and a gentle call to action for its viewer. At night the sculpture will light up with a bioluminescence that is sure to attract constant interaction. The sculpture will be located on the edge of Bayou St. John at the Lafitte Greenway at Jeff Davis Parkway.

We will be providing updates during the process all the way through completion! So visit us online to see how Public art is made in New Orleans.

The Arts Council will commission the project through the City of New Orleans’ Percent for Art Program, which has facilitated the creation of over 350 artworks currently enlivening the city’s landscape and engaging New Orleanians in dialogue about our city.