NOLA holiday display: tarps and helicopters

A local architect in Gretna, LA was forced to take down a holiday display in the Lakeside Mall which contains elements of the aftermath of Katrina: blue tarps over houses, helicopters rescuing victims, and a pumping station with a sign reading, "Only Works in Good Weather," to name a few. WWLT reported that mall authorities had a few reports of the display being offensive... what they didn't expect was the public outcry upon its removal. It seems that the folks of NOLA have a pretty good sense of humor and view the display as cathartic reality; it returns to the mall this week.

Kim Koster heard about it and brought her camera. "It's like putting Christmas lights up on your FEMA trailer. It just makes you feel better," said the Uptown New Orleans resident, whose home was inundated.

The architect, Frank Evans, has designed Christmas displays in the past that have reflected current events and politics, saying, "It's fun for the adults."

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