August 17, 2010

Mardi Gras Bead Mosaics by New Orleans Artist Stephan Wanger

Stephan Wanger Mardi Gras Bead MosaicDown, but not out!
New Orleans has seen its share of good times, but lately we have had more than our fair share of bad. Luckily the "Laissez les bon temps rouler" attitude is alive and well in New Orleans in spite of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill of late.

In a tribute to the tenacity and ingenuity of the people of New Orleans, local mosaic artist Stephan Wanger is recycling tons (literally tons) of glittering Mardi Gras beads into wonderful mosaics. For his latest project the artist created an enormous mosaic of 250,000 Mardi Gras beads with a goal to raise $1,000,000 for the city. Stephan Wanger's piece, appropriately named "NOLA's Resilience," will be unveiled on August 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the JW Marriott. This event preceded by a traditional New Orleans jazz funeral and second line will mark the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and  recognize the struggle, perseverance and survival of New Orleans and its' people.

Mardi Gras bead mosaics...what a great way to recycle, re-use and pay tribute to an integral part of New Orleans culture!  Mardi Gras beads are a natural medium. This project inspires me to create something fabulous of my own with Mardi Gras beads. Look for future posts here featuring this fun mosaic technique!

For more information about the events surrounding the mosaic unveiling and 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina including President Obama's visit for the occasion see these links: 
Stephan Wanger Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic

To read  more of about Stephan Wanger and see his amazing collection of mosaic artwork, see his website:

Photo/Art credit: Stephan Wanger

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