Artist Bruce Allen is making great progress on the repair of the Quilt Kiosk sculpture on the NE corner of McNeill and Texas Streets downtown. The sculpture was seriously damaged when an SUV crashed into it June 8, 2020. The Downtown Development Authority wrangled with the insurance company for two years but the settlement check for repairs finally arrived.

Bruce needs YOUR HELP to finish this project.

The original Quilt Kiosk was covered with small bits of tile, porcelain, broken cups and plates, vintage tiles and a variety of pieces; many thousands of them, in fact. The tiles were intended to give the impression of an old piecemeal quilt, something warm and comforting that would tell a story. Bruce needs tile and porcelain pieces to continue, LOTS of them!

He has a fair amount of real estate to cover, and your broken item could become part of a beautiful artwork!  You can deliver any tiles and other items you have to either the Shreveport DDA office at 416 Cotton Street Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm or to the Shreveport Regional Arts Councils’ Central ARTstation at 801 Crockett Street M-F, 8:30-5:30.

It would be great if you can do so pretty quickly; Bruce is nearly to the stage of needing them for the installation.


Original story from June 29, 2022

A downtown public art piece that was seriously damaged in a car crash on June 8, 2020, is coming back to life.

One of the two original Quilt Kiosks on opposing corners at Texas and McNeil Streets.

The works, by Barbara Abbott with assistance from Frances Drew, James Avant, Raymond Davis, Ruth Foster, Betsy Hamilton, Randolf Johnson, Charles Moore, Donna Moore, Sam Muse, Amy Schmidt, Judy Scott and Terri Stevenson, have had a hard life.

Named Quilt Kiosks because the tile gave the feeling of old piecemeal quilts, the sculptures on the SW and NE corners of Texas and McNeil Streets have suffered due to negligent drivers. The Kiosk on the SW corner was destroyed by a car more than a decade ago, and then in 2020, the other was hit and seriously damaged.

June 8, 2020 crash into the Kiosk. This was a one-car accident and we’re pretty sure the Kiosk wasn’t at fault.

 

Damage done in the 2020 crash.

 

There was initially desire to remove the work, but we advocated for it to remain as we negotiated with the insurance company.

Immediately after, the DDA filed a claim with the rental SUV driver’s insurance company and it has taken until now to reach a settlement. (Tenacity counts)!  Our downtown art partner, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, hired noted local artist/sculptor Bruce Allen to repair the work. Allen has experience in a variety of mediums, including metal work and plaster.

The repair has already begun, exposing the beauty of the leg underneath that has been hidden by the structure that was destroyed. Go see this now, soon, it will be hidden from view again. Bruce has cleaned up the structure and is doing the metal work in his studio.

The remaining Quilt Kiosk today.

Allen will soon move to the site for the tile work and this is where we need your help. He is asking for donations of pieces of historic crockery or tile for the new leg of the work. The tile on the rest of the sculpture is a variety of colors and styles, but all were donated to the work as a way of keeping thoughts and memories alive. If you have a donation, you can get it to us at 416 Cotton Street, 8:30-5:00 M-F, or to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council at 801 Crockett Street, M-F- 8:30- 5 pm. It would be neat seeing your piece as a part of permanent downtown artwork!