New Orleans, Conceptual Art, and Lead Contamination.
The works of conceptual artist, Mel Chin are displayed at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His art activism spans 4 decades. Of special interest to New Orleans is "Safehouse" which is based on the soil lead map of Dr. Howard W. Mielke's team at Tulane University School of Medicine. Through a project called "Fundred", Mel has created conceptual art embracing a massive national collaboration between his staff, art teachers and hundreds of thousands of children throughout the nation. The art project raises awareness about lead contamination of urban play areas and seeks to obtain funding to make playgrounds at childcare centers, parks, schools and residential properties lead safer for children. Mel's vision is to deliver 100 million "Fundred" dollar bills to Congress in exchange them for $100 million for intervention of lead contaminated soil in New Orleans as a primary project for all lead contaminated cities of the U.S. It is becoming apparent that if a city is not lead safe for children then it is not safe for the community.