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Photo: James Shaw, courtesy of Evacuteer

Evacuation New Orleans — USA

by Anne Miltenburg

When hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005, many people without access to a motor vehicle were not able to evacuate, with devastating consequences. The city has since organised evacuation assistance, designating pickup locations across the town. These, however, are marked by small signs filled with long instructional text, hardly the type of site that is easily remembered or readily identifiable in the chaos of an evacuation. To solve this problem, Evacuteer, a volunteer organisation, asked artist Douglas Kornfeld to create a series of sculptures, 3.7m (12ft) metal figures that stand at the pickup locations. Regardless of whether people think they are beautiful or ugly, they are certainly memorable.

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