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Chauvin, Louisiana: Kenny Hill's Sculpture Garden Team Field Report

Chauvin Sculpture Garden

5337 Bayouside Drive, Chauvin, LA
Chauvin Sculpture Garden. US-90 exit 202 (Houma). Drive south on LA-24/Main St. When LA-24 veers left, keep heading southeast on LA-56 toward Chauvin. At the stoplight in Sarah Bridge (Chevron station) turn left onto LA-58, cross the Bayou Petit Caillou bridge, then turn right at the first street onto Bayouside Drive. Drive 1.5 miles. The sculpture garden will be on the right; the visitor center and parking lot on the left.
Damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Kenny Hill's Sculpture Garden.

Kenny Hill's Sculpture Garden

Vivid enigma wrapped in bricks, concrete, and paint -- an art environment of 100 figures built in the 1990s by Kenny Hill. Damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021. Report... [12/27/2020]

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Kenny Hill's Sculpture Garden

Hurricane Ida slammed directly into Kenny Hill's Sculpture Garden on August 29, 2021, causing more damage than any previous hurricane. A cowboy hanging off the lighthouse fell and broke; a nude man holding a sword was toppled, as were several airborne angels, and a pillar on which Kenny Hill was being hauled skyward by an eagle.

Oddly, none of the damage appears to have been caused directly by Ida's 150 mph winds. Instead, the winds uprooted trees that then fell onto the statues.

Local organizers are already making plans to restore the damaged artwork, although they acknowledge that it will take some time to return the Garden to its pre-Ida appearance.

[ Team, 09/12/2021]

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Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation is a very unique place.

[Todd, 03/07/2018]

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation.

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

Outsider art destination with its mysterious back story, fascinating sculptures, and location on pretty little Bayou Petit Caillou. Kenny Hill's Garden is worth the drive.

[Lisa Howell, 02/02/2016]

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation.

Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation

The garden is stands right along the bayou in Chauvin. After Hill left, the Kohler Foundation stepped in to restore and clean up the sculpture garden, and eventually gave it to Nicholls State University, which looks after the property today. Volunteers were working on restoring paint when we went, and we got a great tour.

Hill currently resides in Arkansas at his brother's home, still sculpting -- but he has no desire to see the Chauvin site again. Nicholls State U. has suffered budget cuts, and random art in the heart of the bayou is considered a low priority these days. The work is mostly fueled by donations at this time.

[Caitlin, 05/30/2014]

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