Hurricane Katrina Memorial, Biloxi
Sculpted by Marlin Miller, it was unveiled to the public in August of 2009. Called "Marlins Marlin", this 24 Foot sculpture was carved by one of many Katrina's dead oak trees that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. This is the most elaborated as far as detail and painted. Check out the site for other sculptures.
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Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau
PO Box 6128
Gulfport MS 39506
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Memorial dedicated to the MS Gulf Coast victims who perished in Hurricane Katrina - the worst natural disaster to hit the United States on August 29, 2005. The Memorial stands 12 feet tall, about the height of the water during Hurricane Katrina's storm surge at the Town Green, contains a tile inlay of a wave, a glass case containing various items from destroyed buildings, and the names of the 170 victims that perished during the storm. This memorial was built by ABC's national television show Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition Feb 2006.
on the beach along US 90 you will see a number of interesting tree sculptures. the storm surge of hurricane katrina killed a number of old naval oaks that lined US 90. after the storm local artists transformed these dead trees into works of art. see my tree sculpture travelogue for more pictures of these interesting sculptures.
pictured is a fishing boat washed ashore by hurricane katrina. in august 2005 hurricane katrina hit the gulf coast between biloxi and new orleans. the massive storm surge destroyed many houses and buildings in biloxi and gulfport. several casinos have now returned to the area and several historic homes and buildings have been restored. still you can drive around central biloxi and see reminders of the devastation of hurricane katrina.
Located in the Biloxi Town Green just off Highway 90 in downtown is the Hurricane Katrina Memorial. The Town Green is one of the few small areas of town that is actually cleaned up and restored (as of July 2006). It has green grass, a reading garden, and a wooden deck wrapped around a huge old oak tree. The Katrina Memorial is located on the east side of the park alongside Main Street and it consists of a 12-foot tall reflective back granite wall that represents the height of the storm surge...once the official list of those killed by Katrina is released, their names will be etched into the wall. The second element is a curved wall with a tile mosaic of a wave along with an American flag. Finally, at a 90-degree angle from the granite wall is a glass memorial case filled with items donated by locals; in the case you will find photos, toys, items from churches and fraternal organizations, a clock, military decorations, and various other things with personal meaning. Below the glass case is a plaque describing the memorial and how it came to be. The only drawback is that it is closely affiliated with a trashy reality show...I'm sure it helped their ratings.
pictured is the foundation of a historic home destroyed by hurricane katrina in 2005. there are vacant lots all over town that once were occupied by homes and buinesses. it is interesting and sad to drive around downtown biloxi and see the devastation of this powerful storm. see my hurricane katrina travelogue for more pictures of the destruction of biloxi.
As anyone can imagine, a hurricane can destroy anything it touches. One of the sad testaments to this is the dying trees along the coast line. Attributed to both strong winds and high waters, these trees appeared to have survived the initial blast of the storms, however time proved otherwise.
A phenomenon known as salt infusion slowly killed many of the old-growth trees along the coast. These historic and nostalgic trees are gone forever. However, thanks to some creativity and support of the local artisans, many have been turned into eternal sculptures with local themes.
The Hurricane Katrina Memorial is a moving tribute to the casualties of that infamous storm. The Memorial stands 12' high - approximately the height of the storm surge that came through Biloxi. It is comprised of a tile mosaic depicting a wave, a glass case containing various items found in destroyed buildings, and a black marble wall listing the names of those in the local area who died or were lost during the hurricane. It is very sobering to see lists of the same surnames - entire families died together...
As an evacuee from this storm (I lived in New Orleans, and evacuated in the early hours the day before the storm hit), I still find it hard to visit these types of sites. I am still brought to tears at the thought of how much has changed since August 28, 2005 - in my life, in my city, for my friends and co-workers... But if it can bring healing to those others who were affected, and bring the knowledge of it to those who only experienced it on the TV, I think it is worthwhile...