Katrina tribute: house in a tree.

Scrap House: Katrina Memorial

Field review by the editors.

New Orleans, Louisiana

The "Scrap House" memorial to Hurricane Katrina was built by New Orleans artist Sally Heller, and unveiled on August 29, 2009, the fourth anniversary of the storm. It stands across the street from the city's Convention Center, where many refugees lived after their homes were destroyed.

The battered shack in the limbs of the tree has its porch light knocked askew. Mardi Gras beads hang from its eaves and gutters, apparently heaved there by visitors. From certain angles the little house appears to have been hoisted skyward by a tree monster, whose bark is made of metal scraps from salvaged 55 gallon oil drums.

Heller said she was inspired to create Scrap House by seeing boats in trees and houses on top of cars in the aftermath of the storm.

Also see: Quirky Monuments of New Orleans

Scrap House: Katrina Memorial

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Address:
Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA
Directions:
Directly across from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, on the north side of Town Green, next to the official Hurricane Katrina monument. Corner of John Churchill Chase St. and Convention Center Blvd.
Admission:
Free.
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Kuyper Cake CollectionKuyper Cake Collection, New Orleans, LA - < 1 mi.
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Voodoo Museum, New Orleans, LA - 1 mi.

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