Look! A New AND Old Sculpture!

The Wave of the World originally debuted at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans but this week is debuted at New Orleans City Park after many years forgotten in storage. The 17 feet high two-ton sculpture includes a water feature and is situated on the walking bath at The Big Lake.

While Lynda Benglis had alrady concieved the idea for the sculpture it came to life when the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition selected her as one of the winners of a competition to design a sculpture for the fair, the theme of which was "The World of Rivers — Fresh Water as a Source of Life."

Benglis, from Lake Charles, grew up in nature by traversing the bayous and canals of southwest Loisiana inspired by the small waves and ripples. Clearly this beginning inspired her amazing art.

Benglis visited City Park this week for the dedication of The Wave. The dedication included a conversation with Benglis that was both educational and entertaining.

The New Orleans Museum of Art in partnership with the Helis Foundation made this video describing the making and the journey of The Wave. https://youtu.be/7PdfHCGBI1A

Written by: Geneva Longlois-Marney

Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer