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Deepwater Horizon tribute sculptures come to Marigny neutral ground

Jason Kimes’ "ELEVEN" consists of 11 life-sized human figures made of salvaged steel disks

Sculpture for New Orleans, the initiative responsible for all those sculptures along Poydras Street, has added a Marigny installation to the expanding repertoire of public art in the city. On Friday, the group got to work installing sculptor Jason Kimes’ "ELEVEN," a tribute to the victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, on the neutral ground at Elysian Fields Avenue and Dauphine Street.

The Mississippi-based artist’s installation, consisting of 11 life-sized human figures made of salvaged steel disks, looks similar to his "At Rest" sculpture that was previously on Poydras Street.

Michael Manjarris, the artist who runs Sculpture for New Orleans, said in an Advocate article that he chose Elysian Fields for the installation because of the street name's origins in Greek mythology as the afterlife resting place for souls of the heroic and virtuous.