"You belong here" by Tavares Strachan

“You belong here” by Tavares Strachan. Photo by Joseph Vincent Grey.

It is sometimes said that the people who choose to live in New Orleans don’t do so because it is easy, but because they don’t know how to live any place else. Last weekend, the Bahamas-born artist Tavares Strachan sailed into the Crescent City’s Prospect.3 biennial, floating a 100-foot long, 22-foot high neon sculpture atop a barge across the Mississippi. Its simple message—“You belong here”—highlighted the city’s post-Katrina renaissance, reinforcing an old local creed.

“You belong here” will be docked at the Esplanade wharf in New Orleans through January 25, 2015.