Simon Hardeveld, a French sign painter who was featured in one my early 2007 blog posts, is still memorializing the dead with park art.
He built a shrine at the corner of Magazine and Jackson to Vera, a Katrina victim whose body lay unattended for days following the storm.
And now, he's erected a cross for the thousands (millions?) of doomed oysters lying on the Gulf floor beneath a liquid blanket of oil.
Other forms of activist public art include bus bench signs put up anonymously along Magazine Street, showing a baby crying for the Gulf Coast. She is our future - one that will be robbed of all the riches we've so enjoyed.
You can reach him at 504-524-8201