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Jun 21, 2011

The Power Of Swoon

Years ago, we eagerly photographed any and every piece of Swoon art we could find in New York City. Her depictions of women and children conveyed conflicting emotions of intensity and calm, and really drew us in.

While Swoon’s street art is powerful, its impact is only intensified in her latest exhibit. The New Orleans Museum of Art transformed its Great Hall to display Swoon’s large scale “Thalassa,” on view through September 25. Named after the Greek goddess of the sea and inspired by the connection between New Orleans and the sea, the strategically positioned 20-feet-high installation hangs from the ceiling. Multicolored fabric extends from beneath and represents tentacles rising from the waters, heightening the impact and making the sculpture appear to be floating overhead.

If you find yourself in New Orleans anytime soon--maybe for a certain major music festival--“Thalassa” is an installation you won’t want to miss.


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