Sculpture Walk adheres to the principles of Sustainable Tourism, which advocates economic development in local communities in a reciprocal and responsible manner. While highlighting the healthy benefits of both transit and art, Sculpture Walk aims to increase ridership in an area that has been negatively impacted by decreased transportation services. To this end, an iconic interactive piece of artwork will be installed on top of the Algiers Ferry Terminal that would be visible from Downtown New Orleans, enticing greater ridership from the East Bank, specifically from the tourists that visit the French Quarter at approximately 9 million visitors per year.
This will create a multiplier effect that will promote greater use of public transportation and create a more sustainable level of ridership, necessary to serve the commuters/workers along the West Bank. In fact, many of these commuters are workers in the Hospitality Industry. In addition, this tourism component revitalizes pedestrian traffic to these areas, thus benefiting local economies, furthering the goal of Sustainable Tourism.
The Canal Street / Algiers Ferry is also a connecting point to two sculpture corridors in New Orleans: Poydras Street and the Convention Center. The Sculpture Walk will be another linkage to these corridors, creating a unique trans-river network of sculpture for the city. However, whereas the other two corridors are within neutral grounds surrounded by traffic, this Algiers / Gretna corridor is on an existing walking/bike path that will be a safer and more leisurely experience and more conducive to an educational component that would be accessible to students. This path will also be a great draw for tourists visiting New Orleans, due to its sweeping and dramatic views of Downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter. Both tourists and residents can enjoy the Sculpture Walk in a truly unique setting