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
[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 Orleansand the region. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, it is the love for Gulf Coast 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!!! New Orleans
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.