Image Universe: The Music Box Roving Village

“Image Universe” presents image essays inspired by our articles, reviews, and the work of local artists.

Editor's Note

It is the last weekend to catch New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box Roving Village at City Park. Our “Image Universe” this week is inspired by the Music Box and the creative imaginations of Big Class. When our Executive Director, Cameron Shaw, led a writing workshop with Big Class this week at City Park, the students tied their visions of Airlift’s musical architecture to snake-like monsters, feeling the wind, and flying.

Panoramic view of visitors to New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box Roving Village at City Park. Photo by Bryan Tarnowski. Courtesy New Orleans Airlift.

Shanty architecture in Old Town Shanghai, China. Photo by Erin Fitzsimmons. Courtesy the artist via

Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Security House, 2008-2010. Wood veneer, shellac. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

Image of an old windmill in South Dakota’s famous 1880 Town. Photo by Patrick Bolduan. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

Installation detail of Gordon Matta-Clark’s Office Baroque, 1977. Courtesy

Interior view of Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen's University in Ontario. Courtesy

View of Airlift’s THE MUSIC BOX: A SHANTYTOWN SOUND LABORATORY, 2011-12. Courtesy New Orleans Airlift.

Installation view of Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and Osmany Abel García Fuentes’ Entre Fronteras: An architectural intervention, 2014, at the Queens Museum, New York. Courtesy

Cheryl Koralik, Masque Guéré, Côte d'Ivoire. Courtesy

Nell Campbell, Moss Bluff Bay II, 2006. Archival pigment print. Courtesy


Buckminster Fuller, Unbuilt Project (Model of Triton City), 1967. Courtesy

Installation view of Lonnie Holley’s Vox Humana II: Information and Instructions (Music Is Still Strong After Being Torn to Pieces), 2014, at Xavier University for “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” New Orleans. Courtesy Scott McCrossen/FIVE65 Design.

Installation view of RADCLIFFE BAILEY’s If Bells Could Talk, 2015, at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Courtesy the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

Vik Muniz, Daydreamer, 2008. Courtesy

Installation view of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Head On at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2013. Photo by Natasha Harth. Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Still of Sandworm from Beetlejuice, 1988.

Lin Emery, Whismy #1 (yellow), 2010. Polished aluminum and paint. Courtesy the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans.