Robin Reynolds is one of a trio of Brits behind a unique creative project celebrating 300 years of America’s most remarkable city, New Orleans.

The result – an interactive artwork that tells the story and links into educational resources – is a centrepiece in a forthcoming exhibition in celebration of the tricentennial. Ahead of the exhibition opening at a new tricentennial gallery in the city’s French Quarter on April 5, the learning resource is available on the internet, so people all over the world can explore the city’s history and its archives.

In his colourful pen-and-ink cityscape, ‘New Orleans – Between Heaven and Hell’, Robin depicts more than 150 episodes and themes that have shaped New Orleans since the day explorer De Bienville first marked the spot on the banks of the Mississippi in 1718.

The story behind each element in the image is told by former BBC journalist Cathy Loughran, and the interactive guide that ties it all together is the work of the artist’s brother, London-based Simon Reynolds.

They were guided by New Orleans visual historian Sarah Borealis, and the project is a collaboration with The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC), custodian of the city’s records and historic treasures.

Click the image to visit the interactive art…

Robin says: “As far as we know this art-to-archives concept is unique, and it’s been a privilege to apply it to such a fascinating and inspiring subject. For me this is about how New Orleans has endured, so joyfully and creatively, through plague, natural disaster and bitter social division across the centuries. I hope our graphic depiction conveys that, and encourages people to delve further into the city’s history.”

The drawing itself is the second in a series of heavily-researched historical pieces linked to prominent events and anniversaries. It has taken more than two years to complete, and it follows Robin’s 2016 panorama of London in the style of the 1616 engraving of the city by Claes Jansz Visscher. Visscher Redrawn was hung in London’s Guildhall Art Gallery as part of the City of London’s Shakespeare 400 celebrations.

Daniel Hammer, THNOC’s Deputy Director said: “The level of detail Robin was able to execute in the drawing is remarkable. It took one look to say the public is going to be enthralled by this piece.”

You can access the online site at http://nola.simrey.com

 

Further information from:

Richard Peel

Email: rppr@hotmail.co.uk

Tel: +44 780 508 3595