I designed this mural “Connections” which was then painted by Louisiana artist Jolean Barkley. The project was put together by the Consulate General of Canada, the Office of New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and Arts New Orleans. Located near the French Market.
This mural uses abstract blue and green tones to depict the reliance of both Canadians and New Orleanians connection with water. The left side of the mural showcases Canadian wildlife in contemporary Northwest coast formline designs and as river flows “downstream” towards the right side transitions to Louisiana-based wildlife, depicting the journey and discovery of new creatures on the Acadians’ journey South. The opossum (Canada’s only marsupial) is also found in Louisiana and its location within the center of the mural proves a connection between both locations. The opossum’s traditional Cajun Mardi Gras hat indicates the sharing of culture and traditions between the two communities. The white creature silhouettes in the background give a sense of history and continuity, as echos of the past drive traditions of the present. The river ends and transitions into the Loup Garou, a creature known in Laurentian French communities but also prominently featured in Cajun Folklore as a symbol of the stories and connections our communities share.