Art in New Orleans

Week 13 -- Hines Carousel -- Carved Wood

Art Supplies & Tools
2002 -- Tree of Necklaces, Jean-Michel Othoniel
--- The 1970's ---
1970's -- Robert Indiana, LOVE, Red Blue
1979 -- Three Figures and Four Benches, George Segal
1975 -- Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore
1973 -- Four Lines Oblique, George Rickey
1971 -- Una Battaglia, Arnaldo Pomodoro
1979-80 -- Two Sitting Figures, Lynn Chadwick
--- The 1960's ---
1967 -- The Labors of Alexander, René Magritte
1965 -- River Form, Barbara Hepworth
--- The 1990's ---
1999 -- Claes Oldenburg, Safety Pin
1999 -- Restrained (Horse), Deborah Butterfield
1995 -- Spider, Louise Bourgeois
1991 -- Joel Shapiro, Untitled
--- The 1980's ---
1989 -- Rebus 3D-89-3, Ida Kohlmeyer
1987 -- Standing Man With Outstretched Arms, Stephen De Staebler
1983 -- Pablo Casals Obelisk, Arman
1949-57 -- Sacrifice III, Jacques Lipchitz
Ossip Zadkine, La Poetesse
Week 8 -- Hyams Fountain, 1921
Quick Review -- Weeks 1 -- 7
Week 9
Week 10 -- McFadden House -- 1920
Week 11 -- Reggie Bush Stadium
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- City Park
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- Fountain of the Winds
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez -- Shushan Airport
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez - marble chip and granite cast -- Molly Marine
Week 12 -- Story Land
Week 12 -- Blaine Kern -- Papier-mâché -- Mardi Gras Floats
Week 13 -- Hines Carousel -- Carved Wood
Week 13 -- New Orleans Museum of Art
Week 14 -- WPA in New Orleans
Week 15 -- Ida Kohlmeyer
Week 16 -- Review
Week 17 -- More Enrique Alfarez
Clark Mills -- Bronze Sculpture -- Andrew Jackson
Emmanuel Fremiet -- Joan of Arc
1897 - John McDonogh
Alexander Doyle - Margaret Haughery
Alexander Doyle -- Robert E. Lee
P.G.T. Beauregard
1860 - Henry Clay
Vietnam Veterans Monument
Louis Armstrong
Korean War Memorial
1910 - Jefferson Davis
1872 - Benjamin Franklin
1957 - Simon Boliva
World War II
World War I
Lin Emery
Woldenberg Park
Clarence John Laughlin
John Churchill Chase -- The Rummel Raider
André Breton -- Surrealist
Chalmette Monument
Liberty Monument
Arthur Q. Davis -- The Super Dome
1909 -- Antoine Bourdelle, Hercules the Archer
Wrought ironwork
Caroline Wogan Durieux
Daniel French -- Copper & Bronze -- The Ladies
Edgar Degas
Audubon Park
Abstract Expressionism
Art Nouveau (1880's -- 1920's)
Arts and Crafts Movement (1910 -- 1925)
Art Deco (1910 until 1939)
Baroque period
Contemporary Art
Figurative Style
German Expressionism
Kinetic Sculpture
Mobile (sculpture)
Modern Art
Murano glass
Negative space
New Deal
Nouveau Realism
Pop Art
WPA [Works Progress Administration]
Curruiculm Objectives/Suggested Activities
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Church Statues
Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog (New Orleans)

Carved Wood

Exterior View 1

Since 1906 children and adults have enjoyed the "flying horses" of City Park's antique carousel.

and another

The carousel, featuring the masterwork of famed carousel carvers Looff and Carmel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Exterior View

City Park attracts 11 million visitors annually. The carousel features 54 hand-carved, colorful animals.

Close Up

Charles Looff

Charles Looff is considered to be one of the best (and one of the first) carousel carvers in history.

The first carousel he carved was in Coney Island, New York and included 27 figures, including horses, camels, zebras, and other animals.

By 1880, Looff had produced three carousels and established a factory in Brooklyn where he would build carousels for about 25 years.

During his lifetime he completed carvings for about 40 carousels.

Many carousel carvers learned their skills carving for Looff.

Looff had many style changes over the years and it is interesting to speculate on which of these carvers may have caused the changes. It is more likely that Looff kept a close eye on his competition and carved more and more elaborate horses to outdo the other carvers.

This progression in styles can be seen by comparing his early style, as seen at Seaport Village in San Diego, California, the mixed era carousel at Crescent Park, Rhode Island, and the spectacular and very popular late-style Looff carousel operating in downtown Spokane, Washington.

Seaport Village Horse

Another Seaport Village Horse

Crescent Park, Rhode Island Carousel

Spokane Carousel

Another View of the New Orleans Flying Horses

Charles Carmel

Charles Carmel carved for Charles Looff before he went out on his own.

Carmel carousel animals are highly decorated and noticeable Carmel traits include:

elaborate "fish scale" blankets
armored horses
the lolling tongue on many of his horses

Carmel's style is difficult to describe as he seems to have adopted traits from all the other carvers.

Carmel carousels still exist in Rye, New York, Elysburg, Pennsylvania, and in our own City Park.

Derby Racers at Playland (Rye, New York) which move vertically and horizontally

Many more photographs of the Playland Derby Racers

The Grand Carousel, ,Knoebels Grove, Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Close up Interior of our Hines Carousel

It is one of only 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana.

Flying Horses

12-sided, domed building in the William A. Hines Carousel Gardens.

Exterior View at Night

Vounteers of America worker restoring a "flying horse" after the Katrina flood.

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