Supernova artist



Native Pulsar Flower Bed
Philip Cooper

Native Pulsar Flower Bed, by Philip Cooper, is inspired by the native habitats and open skies along the Lafitte Greenway. Using discarded styrene and programmable LED lights the work intensifies the effect of viewing a field of flowers by placing it in the nighttime environment to elicit the comparison of gazing at a twinkling star-strewn sky. The work serves as a beacon to the beauty of nature and a call to protect it. Special thanks to LED programmer Alec Vance and Strongholds Studios for sharing their workspace.


The Dohm Collective

Dohm Collective is a Music and Artist collective established in 2015 in Mid City, New Orleans. A labor of love from a conglomerate of local artists, Dohm Collective is focused on delivering a home away from home for all creative types to display their talents inside of our custom built projection-mapped 24ft geodesic "Dohm". No matter where the Dohm pops up, it remains a place of self expression, inclusion, and a hub of creativity for all to share. 


The Dancing Oak
Talia Lipkind

These deconstructed disco balls, or Disco Spinners, harness the powerful magic of dichroic glass. The Spinners, lit by natural light during the day and spotlights at night, shoot off varying reflections of color and light onto the trees and ground around them giving falling snow effects as they organically spin in the wind.


Put me in Coach
Monique Lorden

This piece is an ode to basketball and the daily dedication and eagerness of those looking for ways to contribute to their community. Put me in Coach is an interactive illuminated basketball court where viewers can play with their ideas directly on the court.  From affirmations to plans of action, everyone can declare how they want to “get in the game” and contribute to their community all while having fun on the court. Design Consultant: Brandon Moorer 


Walk this ‘way
Stephen Montalvo

Artist Stephen Montalvo’s interactive projection mapping installation draws from pre-recorded footage of trail users along the Lafitte Greenway. Viewers within the field of the installation will be able to see their image superimposed in real-time on a projection of video footage taken while traveling along the park. The installation, which utilizes footage of both walkers and cyclists throughout the day, provides viewers a new and exciting way to interact with the Greenway. 


Josh Pitts

Ketleflower is an immersive light and sound installation created with the intention of providing a breath of fresh air and cleansing - an oasis of calm - with a hint of whimsy.  Ketleflower consists of a 12ft sunflower sculpture with seeds of swirling, colorful waves of light; an ambient, atmospheric and ethereal soundtrack; a water feature that provides a live falling water soundtrack and ambient lighting to the immersive experience; and a seating area to provide a comfortable opportunity for viewers to relax and engage. The goal of Ketleflower is to express and underscore the need for peace and respite. It's a reminder of the sublime beauty and power of the natural world.  For some, this can provide a breath of fresh air; for others, it’s an opportunity for bliss; and for a few, it’s an avenue toward introspection and perhaps an emotional connection. See more here.


Pandemic Paintings
Kris Schmolze

These paintings were made throughout the pandemic while people were all shuttered away from one another. Installing these works in concrete buildings further emphasizes the concept of isolation. All of these artworks are abstract representations of organisms that can be found under a microscope, painted larger than life. The fluorescent colors gradate in the background demonstrating the gradual decline in momentum throughout the pandemic. These are lit with Ultraviolet black-light LED panels visually placing them into an altered state akin to the new world we now inhabit. This installation embodies what humanity has been through together while being far apart for so long. (Acrylic on canvas with UV lamps)

Breanna Thompson

Myco tackles the concept of connectedness with a collection of interactive mycorrhizal fungi sculptures with a musical twist. This interactive installation allows viewers to enjoy the communal act of making music through touch. Music and community are two staples of New Orleans and ferries of healing, and Myco celebrates that.


 U.S. EPA & USGS (Dillion Chandler)

The Kinetic Water Quality Sculpture displays real-time water quality in either Lake Pontchartrain or the Mississippi River using the motion of a fish sculpture and LED lights. The sculpture is a collaborative project with EPA building the sculpture, USGS measuring the water qulity, and design ideas from NOLA community organizations including Pontchartrain Conservancy and Friends of Lafitte Greenway. The metal fish in the sculpture was created by Dillion Chandler, a metal home décor specialist in Farmington, Arkansas. *On view Thursday and Friday only


Virtual Krewe of Vaporwave

The Virtual Krewe of Vaporwaves (VKV) invented the Virtual Mardi Gras parade in 2016. They have since merged with reality to become New Orlean’s favorite purveyor of DIY interactive audiovisual spectacle. This year at Supernova, VKV is proud to add projections controlled by a network of Raspberry Pi microcomputers, art and AV support to artists.



Permanent Works


Iris of Memory (2020)
William Nemitoff

Iris of Memory is an interactive light art installation recognizing the life and contributions of local artist and teacher Deborah Vorhoff. As viewers draw closer to the flower,  the  light  within  glows  brighter,  providing  a  visual  indication  of  the  power  of  memory to connect us to life, even if their presence is no longer physically with us.


Turning: Prayer wheels for the Mississippi River (2017)
Michel Varisco

Featured in the Prospect.4 Biennial and the first public sculpture to be dedicated on the Greenway, Turning blends social and environmental activism with interactive sculpture, where the history of the land itself is an integral component of the piece. Featuring three, 9 foot, stainless steel “prayer wheels,” visitors can spin the cylinders to emit blue light.