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PhotoHunt: Light

This week's theme is "Light."

Another post from my recent trip to New Orleans. The name of this sculpture is "Travelin' Light."

Sculpture Garden

From the sign:

"This sculpture, by nationally renowned African American artist, Alison Saar, is a thought-provoking memorial to victims of terror and violence. The man, while formally dressed, is presented in a torturous position: yet he appears brave and resolute, preserving his personal dignity. Saar has made the figure into a bell, inspired by Japanese temple bells, which are rung in purification rites. When the chain is pulled on the back, a deep, mournful sound is heard. The title, Travelin' Light, is taken from a popular Billie Holiday song."

If you're planning to visit New Orleans, please make time to go to the New Orleans Museum of Art and especially The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. An incredible collection of art in a gorgeous outdoor setting. A few more photos of this sculpture are below the jump.

Thanks for visiting and have a happy weekend. You can find more Photo Hunters and join the hunt here.


NOLA 572

Travelin' Light

NOLA 664

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Comments (14)

such a powerful memorial and great photos. thanks for sharing.


Very powerful take on the theme, thanks for the explanation too. Happy weekend.

I love the sculpture. Great take on the theme.

Wow that's an amazing piece of work. The tree in the background and the perspective made me think of another Billie Holliday song - Strange Fruit


WOW, Thanks for telling us about this. This is the most interesting blog on "light" I've ever read. What a wonderful find. All your photos are fantastic!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, this is a wonderful thought provoking take on this week's theme. It's an interesting contrast, the gardens seem so soft and the sculpture a powerful image. Somehow it really works well together. I am totally enjoying seeing your beautiful photos from your trip to New Orleans. It looks like you had perfect weather too.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Powerful photo and wonderfully written post, Annie. Thanks for sharing this information. Love the tip on NOLA.


Hi Annie --

What an interesting sculpture and entry! Believe it or not, when I first saw it, I thought it seemed Japanese... and then when I focused on the human figure, I felt a sense of sadness. When I read what you wrote, it all really made sense!


What a wonderful take on the theme.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Liz @ MLC

wow - that is a thought provoking piece of art - LOVE that!

Have a super weekend.

Wow is right - that is such an thought provoking sculpture. It is so interesting to take inspiration from the Japanese and turn it into a bell.

Thanks everyone for your comments.

I forgot to say that I did go around back and ring the bell on this sculpture...it was a beautiful sound, very healing and sweet. Light all around!


Beautiful art! :)

That is a great sculpture.

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