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Neglected World's Fair Sculpture to Have Home in City Park

"The Wave," the swampy bronze sculpture created by Lynda Benglis for the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans that sat neglected in a sewerage treatment plant in Kenner for 30 years, will have a new home in City Park thanks to the Helis Foundation. The foundation, which is responsible for a series of sculptures in the Poydras Street corridor and the Music Box Roving Village Residencies (which closes this weekend), worked with the artist, the City of Kenner and the park to restore the sculpture and secure a space for it. The sculpture by the Louisiana-born Benglis somehow ended up at the treatment plant and sat neglected for years. In 2014 the sculpture was shipped to the Modern Art Foundry in New York, where Benglis originally created the work, for restoration and repairs. According to Andrew Freeman, spokesman for the Helis Foundation, "The Wave" is tentatively slated to be installed by City Park's Big Lake "in the coming weeks." NOLA.com has the full story on the sculpture and how it ended up in storage. - Lauren LaBorde
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