The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden is a special place in the New Orleans Botanical Garden. The sculpture garden celebrates the history, influence, and work of Mexican-American New Orleans artist Enrique Alférez (1901-1999).
The garden is 8000 sq. ft. and features 14 sculptures set within sweeping footpaths surrounded by greenery and an oak tree.
The son of a Mexican sculptor, Alférez spent part of his young-‐adult life in the army of Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution before coming to the United States. He studied with the prolific sculptor Lorado Taft 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 well-‐known façade of Charity Hospital. He created numerous sculptures for New Orleans City Park through the Works Progress Administration, including many iconic bridges that cross City Park’s many waterways. Alférez also sculpted “Molly Marine" at Canal St. and Elk Place, which is the very first statue of a woman in military uniform in the United States.
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