Huricane Katrina Memorial Art Made From Hair Extensions

 - Mar 19, 2009   Updated: Jul 13 2011
References: lorenschwerd & urlesque
This art is more than a little dark. Artist Loren Schwerd rather grimly used hair extensions found outside of the St. Claude Beauty Supply in New Orleans to make models of vacant houses left empty after Hurricane Katrina. This series of sculptures is entitled “Mourning Portrait.”

It is a really nice moving tribute--just a bit too dark for even my liking. These homes would be far too scary to live around.

Implications - What I find particularly interesting about these hair art pieces is that they draw upon a material which isn't typically used to make art objects. These homes have an eery quality to them that definitely harks to the disaster that ensued in New Orleans.