In the Community + Hiding in Plain Sight: ‘Unframed’ Edition, Warehouse District

On Saturday, June 1, five new murals were unveiled throughout the New Orleans Arts District as part of Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of the Arts Council New Orleans.

MOMO

Location: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.

© Crista Rock

Though MOMO, a New Orleans resident, has been painting around the world since the late 90s, this brand new mural is the first one he’s painted here.

MOMO’s artistic style centered around adapted masonry techniques, strategies based on collage, computer code, and seriality come together for an energetic addition to New Orleans’ skyline. The 93-foot-tall piece took 24 hours total to paint and was completed in three 8 hour shifts.

Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, was a project of the Arts Council New Orleans and is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork in Downtown New Orleans.

ETAM CRU, Polish muralists
Sainer & Bezt Etam

Location: 600 O’Keefe Ave.

© Crista Rock


ETAM CRU was painted by Polish painters and muralist Sainer and Betz Etam with help from local muralist Brendon Palmer-Angell. The mural is about 66 feet tall.

Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, was a project of the Arts Council New Orleans and is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork in Downtown New Orleans.

Brandan “B-Mike” Odums and Young Artist Movement, New Orleans

Location: 636 Baronne & 825 Girod

“Survive the drought, I wish you well.”

Brandan B-Mike Odums, New Orleans muralist and founder of Studio Be collaborated with Young Artist Movement, New Orleans’ first city-wide youth mural initiative, engaging youth, artists, and communities in sustained public art and place-making. New Orleans designer @tvche_ is the muse featured in the mural.

Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, was a project of the Arts Council New Orleans and is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork in Downtown New Orleans.

Over the past three years we’ve scouted New Orleans to bring you a few must-see murals in the Marigny, Bywater and Treme neighborhoods. In that time, the amount of street art in New Orleans has more than doubled and the scene is exploding at the seams. In our original blog posts, while scouting art, we wondered what the difference was between graffiti & street art. So, we asked New Orleans street artist, Jeremy Paten for his two cents.

“If I had to describe the two, I would say that graffiti rejects established standards, encourages experimentation, and draws from popular culture and advertising. Another difference can be found in authorial intent, intended audience, and form e.g. the artist’s “tag.” The intention behind a tag is the rebellious proliferation of the artist’s signature, akin to brand name advertising. Whereas street art is drawn with a pictorial focus rather than textual, and it is rebellious but not purposefully destructive as there is intent to beautify the urban environment.”

This is a part of an 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.

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