LeveeBreak was the first of two works I created from my experiences in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures which flooded the city. Named for the Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie song about the 1927 Mississippi River floods (later made famous by Led Zeppelin), the song expresses the fear of what will happen if the levee that protects him and his home is washed away. By standing in front of the work as the weigh of the water bends the steel and the water crests over the top, I wanted the viewer to experience the feeling of being overwhelmed; as each one of us in New Orleans did in the hours, days, months, and years after Katrina. At the same time however, you also can see the light coming through the glass as the sun changes throughout the day, giving the work a dynamic and changing beauty.
LeveeBreak is in the permanent collection of the city of Carbondale, CO.