Somebody plops a 30-foot lifeboat on Julia Street and calls it a work of art? Really?

In late June, New Orleans artist Robert Tannen spent $6,000 to purchase a retired 30-foot lifeboat. The hazard-orange vessel was built to hold 74 crewmen, in case their freighter sank beneath them. Tannen found the boat for sale in the parking lot of a movie industry prop shop in Slidell.

He plans to have the three-ton metal and fiberglass vessel towed to the 600 block of Julia Street, where he’ll put it on display as a ready-made sculpture during Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, Aug. 3. The street party annually draws thousands of fashionably white-clad art lovers to New Orleans’ warehouse district. Delivering the boat to the one-night event and removing it afterward will cost another $1,000.

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