evacuspots(n):

1. The official meeting places where anyone can go for a safe ride if the Mayor of New Orleans must call a mandatory evacuation.

2. The exact same places residents will have a ride back to once the City is safe and re-entry begins.

Why Evacuspots:

One of the major improvements in the recovery of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina is the free, public evacuation option called City Assisted Evacuation (CAE). The CAE is citywide and can accommodate the over 30,000 residents who lack the ability to evacuate in advance of a Category 3 or higher hurricane.

EvacuSpots was proposed to meet the needs and concerns of New Orleans residents. EvacuSpots is a replicable solution to a critical weakness in our city’s safety; the small, inconspicuous size of the signs marking the 17 evacuation pick-up points (below left) were identified as a crucial barrier to citizen awareness of and participation in the CAE.

The City’s 17 evacuation points will now be clearly and consistently marked by identical 14-foot sculptures—EvacuSpots. (below right).

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New Orleans is a city of things uncommon. Its unique and comprehensive evacuation plan is a bright spot in emergency preparedness post-Katrina.

Evacuteer.org, a non-profit agency that aids and enhances the CAE, proposed a collaborative effort between the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to commission 17 public art pieces to serve as a visually-striking and memorable rallying point in case of an evacuation of New Orleans.

Sculpture installations will begin in May, prior to the June 1 hurricane season start, and will all be in place prior to the peak of hurricane season 2013.

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The 17 pick-up points are located in easily accessible areas for residents to report in the event of an evacuation. There are also four sites specially equipped for senior citizens.

Volunteers will register and assist evacuees with luggage at each of the locations. Learn more at nola.gov/ready or call 311.

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Requirements:

REMEMBER: Only one small carry-on bag per person.

ABSOLUTELY NO: Alcohol, guns, knives, other weapons, illegal drugs, or prohibited substances.

IF TRAVELING WITH PETS: Must be in a carrier or restrained on a leash. Must have collar and ID tag. Must have current vaccinations and have needed medicine.

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Artist's Statement:

My artwork focuses on the signs and symbols our society uses to communicate. The symbols that are a reflection of our cultural values, our attitudes and our beliefs. Early icons portrayed the intangible, demonstrated power, and inspired awe. My work seeks to return cultural symbols to their rightful place as touchstones of wonder and power, as focal points that inspire civic discourse and explore our collective yearning for creative achievement, individuality, and community.

The evacuteer.org sculptures are seventeen (17) identical figures located throughout the City of New Orleans. Each sculpture designates a gathering place for transportation to safety in the event of a mandatory evacuation. The design was inspired from the gesture people use to signal for a ride. It is also the same gesture people use to when asking for beads during Mardi Gras.

Douglas Kornfeld 2013

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