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From the Shreveport Times article By Derick Jones Saturday April 14, 2012

www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120414/NEWS01/204140338...

 

"Thanks to an anonymous donation and cooperation provided by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and the city of Shreveport, "Safe Harbor" was unveiled to the public Friday morning during a news conference.

 

The sculpture, which sits across from Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center on Clyde Fant Parkway, was designed by DeeDee Morrison, of Birmingham, Ala.

   

"I'm a public artist. Public art is about creating sculptures that fit their environment," Morrison said. "That's a big part of what I love," and apparently what Shreveport loves, too.

   

Shreveport has designated SRAC to oversee and administer public art for Shreveport through a Public Art Committee, chaired by SRAC board member Jodie Glorioso.

   

The piece is 20 feet high and made of 60 industrial-grade aluminum laser-cut panels. Then welded to an aluminium armature, the panels were riveted to the interior structure to allow Morrison's signature light to shine through at night. Attached to the buoy is a cast iron bollard weighing 3,500 pounds.

 

"The concept is similar to a lot my work, sort of what tethers you in life — what sustains you, where you find meaning or safe passage," Morrison said.

   

She said that in creating "Safe Harbor," she took her idea from the port that is the traditional refuge or docking station for ships. By combining a bollard to secure the ship and a flotation device to mark direction, Morrision has created a one-of-a-kind landmark that is sure to be noticeable from anyone's view — on land or on water.

 

"Clyde Fant has the ability to expand with this," Foley said. "We don't just have casinos as our backdrop, we're putting public art in places that will really make an impression.""

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