Lafayette, Louisiana: Empty Head of Blind Justice

Justice is supposed to be blind, but the big heads outside the Lafayette Courthouse also depict it as brainless.

Lafayette Courthouse

Address:
800 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA
Directions:
Downtown. I-10 exit 103A. South on US 167 for a little over a mile, then right onto Mudd Ave., then left onto Lafayette for six blocks. On either end of the Lafayette Courthouse.
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Blind Justice. Empty Head of Blind Justice

Beautiful building amidst all the construction. The city is well on its way to becoming a vibrant city. I loved the old buildings and the beautiful flowers but it was hot and humid.

[Jackie Solomon, 10/04/2009]
Blind Justice's Head. Empty Head of Blind Justice

If you visit downtown Lafayette you will see the city has pulverized much of its original downtown -- leaving a lifeless shell of its former self. You will also find an attractive modern courthouse with two large and nicely detailed sculptures on either end of the structure, showing the head of "Blind Justice." I don't know a lot about legal stuff, but I am used to seeing Blind Justice represented as a full figure in a robe holding a scale. The empty head might be to represent all the lawyers and politicians who thought NAFTA and the World Trade Organization was a good idea. If it isn't, it should be.

[Richard Weiss, 06/04/2005]

September 2007 - Another defense of Lafayette, this from Janet Adams. "Our city has allocated lots of money and time towards downtown restoration. Currently the streets are accented with bricks, landscaped with beautiful native cypress trees and, lined with decorative street lights. Many buildings have been restored and some have beautiful murals by renowned artists painted on them. Downtown Lafayette is home to art galleries, museums, and some of the best restaurants in Louisiana. We have two new amphitheaters/ parks which host many of our various festivals. " August 2005 - Stuart Breaux disagrees with Richard Weiss's view of Lafayette. Writes Stuart: "Downtown Lafayette was a slum fifteen years ago and now it is a vibrant part of town again. When downtown redevelopment was undertaken, special care was given to preserving buildings and to insinuate that downtown was pulverized and made lifeless couldn't be more absurd or farther from the truth. Downtown WAS lifeless, now it is full of life and the 'joie de vie' that characterizes the region."

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