Street Art as Inspiration

Tonight I noticed a sculpture I had seen countless times, but this time was different, very different. In the “neutral ground” as New Orleanians like to call a median, there she was, dancing away. I thought she was supposed to be a gymnast, but tonight on this cool evening in the Crescent City, she was dancing beneath the palms.

Enrique Alferez’s Gymnast — C E Hunt All Rights Reserved

I made my way to the neutral ground and sought to capture her from every direction.

— C E Hunt All Rights Reserved

She was a thing of beauty, and the palm fronds gently swaying in the night breezes only added to the choreography.

— C E Hunt All Rights Reserved
— C E Hunt All Rights Reserved

I hope you can see her dance sometime. You could say she performs nightly…

Note on the Artist: Given my interest in Art, Mexico and History, I find Enrique Alferez intriguing as well as inspiring. He was the son of a Mexican artist and spent part of his early life in the army of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution before coming to the United States. He studied art in Chicago in the 1920s, then moved to New Orleans in 1929, where he lived until his death in 1999. His sculptures and reliefs adorn many parks, buildings, and landmarks in New Orleans and throughout South Louisiana, including the wonderful Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden.

Published by C E Hunt

C E Hunt is a writer and artist based in Louisiana and the Washington, DC area. This page is designed to share updates and commentary on his work and to highlight other works that may be of interest.

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