Louisiana Love Cape
Digital Proposal
24” x 9” x 6"
2011

Louisiana Love Cape is a collaboration between Siobhan Feehan and Gianina Jimenez Barrantes. The text written on Simon Bolivar's cape is taken from a letter Bolivar wrote to his lover Manuela Sáenz in 1826. The letter is translated as if Bolivar had written it to Louisiana. The Bolivar statue was constructed in the 1950's on Canal Street and Basin Street. Neutral grounds are often used for platforms where the surrounding territory can commemorate cherished figureheads. The intimacy of the letter to the state implies that the city-wide beautification project that inspired the construction of the statue means more then an urban renewal plan. Louisiana Love Cape considers the possibility that these beloved figures in history could have loved us back.