Public Art, or Hurricane Evacuation Spot?

If you’ve lived in a hurricane-prone area, you’re probably familiar with these signs:



But what about this one?


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Residents of New Orleans are about to see these 12-foot stick figure statues pop up all over town – they’re not only works of art, but highly memorable evacuation meet-up points. Called “EvacuSpot” sculptures, these life-size figurines were designed by Boston artist Douglas Kornfield. The statues were created in partnership with, a nonprofit organization that works with volunteers to coordinate evacuation efforts in the event of a hurricane threat. 

EvacuSpot sculptures are the answer to a much larger issue: in coordinating the evacuee pick-up program, the city discovered that residents had no idea where to meet. In the event of a hurricane evacuation, residents can go to any of these 17 planned pick-up locations for transportation to the passenger terminal, where residents then board another bus headed for a state-designated shelter. It’s probably a lot easier to remember where the flagging-a-taxi statue is than trying to recollect where the evacuation sign resembling a parking sign is located.

Functional and memorable, the sculptures not only act as public art, but also help create an effective emergency management program for the city of New Orleans. Whether residents think they’re innovative or an eyesore, project director Robert Fogarty couldn’t have said it better: “they at least remember where it was – and that’s what matters.”

Head over to the Evacuteer website to see more photos and read more about the program.