John Kleinschmidt

The Front Gallery
New Orleans, LA

With Andy Sternad
Flotant is floating land. In Southeast Louisiana, intertwined plants and roots produce a thick mass of organic material that floats on water, untethered but capable of supporting great weight – even small trees. This critical habitat nurtures biodiversity and can ride out hurricanes and seasonal floods
New Orleans itself rests on un-solid ground. It’s a soggy place - more “thick water” than land. Between river and lake, we must tread lightly to balance culture, economy and the environment.
This installation is a puzzle of interlocking pieces, each identical at first glance but which behave differently when visitors cautiously apply their weight.