A landscape architecture firm, Reed Holderbrand, was appointed to create the extension of the sculpture garden situated at the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art (NOMA), a fine art museum was built in 1911.
The sculpture garden was first designed in 2003 as a part of NOMA, displaying work by over 80 artists. The works were donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation. The public is free to enjoy the artworks.
Finished in early 2019, the extension represents forms part of a wave of new projects in the New Orleans where a renaissance vibe can be strongly felt following the Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In the neighborhood, there is also a host of boutique accommodation like an outpost of the Ace Hotel and Hotel Peter & Paul.
The architecture team built the 280-foot-long pathway running underneath the garden’s bridge that connects the existing site with the new addition. It is considered as the first canal-link of its kind in the United States of America.
When looking over a bridge, there’s an incredible wall that holds out the water. Susan Taylor, NOMA director, states that this detail is similar to the larger levee systems in the New Orleans that hold back the Mississippi River.
The new garden comprises three curvilinear parcels of land set around the water; the canal-link at the end while the other two are joined by bridges. The park displays a number of sculptures, including one created by artist Elyn Zimmerman. The work is a new one along with the other 26 sculptures.
Other works, such as from Mexican sculptor Pedro Reyes, American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and Irish painter Sean Scully, are set to complement the garden surrounding.
Elements of the landscape that had been damaged by the hurricane were restored. The team also added bioswales to function as a protection to prevent run-off from the street.
Other additions had been included in the garden such as a stepped grassy mount to offer outdoor seating when there are public performances. An outdoor education space is also available for the public.