Article reprinted from Kenner Star August 2017 Edition – “Newly installed ship adds to Kenner’s sculpture collection”
“High Seas” is the name of the newest sculpture installed in the sculpture garden on the median of Power Boulevard between West Esplanade Avenue and Vintage Boulevard in Kenner. The stainless steel sculpture was created by sculptor Ed Wilson, a native of Louisiana who graduated from LSU with a degree in sculpture and also received a master’s in fine arts from the University of Houston.
“High Seas” is one of a series of sculptures. “It, like the city of New Orleans itself, has risen from the flood, said Wilson. “It is a ship on a spiritual journey. It floats above the water not in it, it contains what it is, and is what it contains, the water.” The sculpture is one of numerous sculptures donated to the city of by Kenner residents Henry and Pat Shane. Wilson’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, including at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas; Mönckskirche, Salzwedal, Germany; Portikussi, Franfurt-Offenbach, Germany; Art League Houston, Texas; McAllen International Museum, McAllen, Texas; Flight Gallery, San Antonio, Texas; Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas; and Artscan Gallery, Houston, Texas.
Wilson’s other local public sculpture includes “Nethership,” a part of the New Orleans Poydras Street Corridor sculptures by The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana. Wilson lives and works with his wife and artist, Magda Boltz Top Wilson, in the home and studio they built in the Independence Heights area of Houston, Texas.