Tour inaugural art exhibition at the River House, in St. Bernard Parish on historic 1922 flood crevasse
Land-Scapes is the inaugural exhibition at a new art space, the River House, in St. Bernard Parish with works by regional artists that reflect the uniquely beautiful and threatened environment of metropolitan New Orleans where millions live despite repeated cataclysms. The teardrop shaped lake viewed from the house was created by a natural crevasse or breach in the Mississippi River levee in 1922 that flooded surrounding homes, farms and businesses. It widened Bayou Terre aux Boeufs, now a site made available by the Torres/Burns Trust for a sculpture garden and art space. It also triggered New Orleans business and public leaders to cause a crevasse with explosives on the river levee nearby as a mistaken strategy to save the city of New Orleans from the impending flood of 1927. Experts predicted a crevasse upriver would do the job and that is what happened. St. Bernard, however, was flooded for the second time in five years. Widespread flooding and damage from Hurricane Katrina and Isaac more recently took their toll in the parish and at this site again. Descendants of the Islenos who settled here in the 18th century, and those who followed, treasure their homes in this beautiful place that is one of the most threatened land areas in the world, facing rising ocean waters, the residual impact of energy extraction, and the loss of sediment due to river levees. Some of the works selected for the Land-Scapes exhibition are solemn, depicting deteriorating marshes, cemeteries and the melting glaciers/rising oceans that are drowning our marshes. Images also reflect the area’s natural beauty as well as the industries which brought jobs with them and environmental challenges. The wide range of artists includes well-established photographers and artists and some lesser known, but no less moved by the Land-Scapes around them.