We’ve scouted New Orleans to bring you a few must-see murals in the Marigny, Bywater and Treme neighborhoods. While scouting art, we wondered what the difference was between graffiti and street art. So, we asked New Orleans street artist, Jeremy Paten for his two cents.
“Ernie K-Doe” by Lefty Parker
Location: 3401 Chartres Street
“Nnamdi the Gator” by Devin DeWulf
Location: Burgundy Street at Clouet Street
How often do you break away from your usual canvas and create on walls?
What’s the story behind the gator?
“So the gator design was chosen, and as I was painting – a former student of mine was murdered by our city’s gun-violence epidemic. With that, I used the gator mural to process my own sadness and pay respect to my former student. So the gator became Nnamdi. In my artist-mind, it was a way to keep alive the memory of a bright, precocious, and talented 8th grader I had the privilege of working with. Most people don’t know this about the gator – but it makes me happy each time I walk by.”
Has the neighborhood responded well?
“Through the painting process, I was able to meet most of the neighbors too – a few have become friends and supporters of my next mural project just a few blocks away on Congress and Burgundy. I hope to wrap that one up next year.”
Since 2016, Where Y’Art has scouted New Orleans to bring you Must-See Murals from neighborhoods across the city. In that time, the amount of street art in New Orleans has exploded at the seams, with new murals popping up faster than we can tell you about them.
Visit the Must-See Murals in person using our Hiding in Plain Sight Map.
We promise to keep bringing you the latest as part of this ongoing series where we spotlight New Orleans Must-See Murals and public art neighborhood by neighborhood.
What’s your favorite New Orleans Street Art? Did we miss any of your favorites? Every Sunday, we’ll be posting murals and public art around town to our Instagram. Take a picture, tag @WhereYart and use #NOLAmurals to let us know where your favorite murals and we’ll feature your selection.