LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ON THE DEATH OF NEW ORLEANS ARTIST JOHN SCOTT -- 09/04/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2007
LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ON THE DEATH OF NEW ORLEANS ARTIST JOHN SCOTT
"We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of New Orleans' artist John Scott. All of us who loved him and admired his work had hoped and prayed for his recovery.
"Today, we not only mourn Scott's death, we mourn the passing of one of the great artists of the 20th century. His prints and large-scale modern sculptures reflected a spiritual depth and a unique cultural sensibility found only in New Orleans. Whether it was "The Resurrection of the Risen Christ" for Mount Carmel School, "Spiritgate" for the New Orleans Museum, or "Spirit House" for the Gentilly neighborhood, John Scott infused his work with the color, imagery, vibrancy and beauty of the blended cultures in which he lived and worked. Sometimes an artist's talent and "genius" are recognized only after they are gone. Fortunately, Scott was recognized during his lifetime as a national treasure.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Scott, his son and daughters, and with his extended family of Xavier students, faculty and alumni.