“First look at the ‘Funnel Tunnel’ Poydras St. sculpture”

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‘Funnel Tunnel” sculpture by Patrick Renner (Photo by Doug MacCash, | The Times-Picayune)

On Monday (June 22), Poydras Street commuters will find Houston artist Patrick Renner and his construction crew putting the finishing touches on his 180-foot “Funnel Tunnel” abstract sculpture. The colorful wood and steel creation, near the corner of S. Claiborne Ave., was originally installed in Houston in 2013 and was moved to New Orleans and rebuilt with local volunteers over the past two weeks. During a Sunday (June 21) afternoon visit, Renner said the piece was already 95 percent finished.

“Funnel Tunnel” was commissioned by Sculpture for New Orleans, a nonprofit organization that has provided scores of public artworks to help revitalize the city since the 2005 storm and flood. The project was paid for with funds from The Helis Foundation.