Paulette Lizano’s “Perley’s Barnyard Party”

Glass artisan Paulette Lizano’s streetcar is entitled “Perley’s Barnyard Party.”


Lizano took part in the YLC’s 2000 Festival of Fins, and is teaming up with the YLC again to take on a streetcar. Her medium of choice? Glass! What inspires her about New Orleans are the streetcars themselves; she named her creation after the man whose company manufactured the cars still operating on the St. Charles line, Perley A. Thomas. Where do streetcars live when not in service? In the streetcar barn–thus her fun and whimsical barnyard party theme. In her own words,

[T]his streetcar is a depiction of a barn, where streetcars are housed and each individual passenger is a fun-loving farm animal. . . . Passengers will be turkeys, geese, sheep, cows, horses, bulls, donkeys and other typical farm animals. The theme was derived partly as whimsy and partly to attract children’s attention to both the community project and the revitalization of the streetcars and their return after Hurricane Katrina. My streetcar will come to life. . . . The colors chosen are lively and vivid and the design will be executed in glass. Each individual character will be fused glass, by which it will be kiln-formed and dimensional to a certain extent. All glass pieces will be affixed to the form much like a mosaic.I am inspired by the perseverance of the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it is the love for New Orleans that inspires me to do this community art project and give something back. Something light-hearted and whimsical. Color, movement and light inspire me…Music, cultural differences, Mardi Gras, the French Quarter, architecture, beating of drums, art all are forms of inspiration. . . . recycling and salvage yards inspire me, to take something old and make new again, and give it new life. Glass is my artistic medium, I find fascination in being able to create from large sheets of glass and transform them into mosaics and eye-catching stories. The movement and grain in the glass is daily inspiration for me as an artist. I hope that my streetcar inspires others to explore this great city we live in, to learn about its history, its culture, its diversity and its endless inspirations. I am proud to call New Orleans home!!!

Sounds like it’s going to look pretty bling-bling in the sunlight.

Visit Lizano’s Glass Haus to learn more about Paulette Lizano’s work and her family’s glass studio.

7 Responses to “Paulette Lizano’s “Perley’s Barnyard Party””

  1. […] nod to the streetcars’ manufacturer, Perley Thomas, a name I was unfamiliar with until artist Paulette Lizano submitted her sketch for A Streetcar Named Inspire. The green Perley Thomas Car Co. vehicles began […]

  2. Eric- New Orleans Condos and Lofts on 08 Jun 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Some great artwork! There are always positive things to find in New Orleans in spite of our leaders.

  3. […] working on her streetcar and invited us in to see her car come to life.  If you will recall, she previously provided us with a sketch of her car along with her reasons for its name, “Perl….”  She took time out of her busy schedule to tell us a bit about her process in creating a […]

  4. […] Lizano has continued her work on her glass streetcar and has allowed us in again to see her progress.  The animals in the windows are mostly […]

  5. […] been following Paulette’s progress (here, here and here) from sketch to installation (which is set for this week). You can read the piece […]

  6. […] seeing Lizano’s streetcar sketches and seeing her work in progress again and again, Paulette Lizano’s streetcar, […]

  7. Franklin on 23 Oct 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I thought this was a site for Lizano salsa, sorry. Regardless, you should really try it… Lizano Sauce is from Costa Rica. The locals uses Salsa Lizano on everything, and now so do I. I think I’m addicted to it. :) Anyway, have a nice day.