Friday, June 18, 2010

Katrina Death Reincarnated

Marlin Miller, right, created the pelican for the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Coliseum Executive Director Bill Holmes accepts the carving.

A 550-pound cedar pelican now marks the entrance to the new Pelican Cafe at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.

The pelican was created by Fort Walton Beach, Fla., artist Marlin Miller, who has carved sculptures along Beach Boulevard from Biloxi to Waveland since Katrina.

The wood for the tree was taken from Long Beach, where Katrina felled it.

The 7-foot sculpture will get a nickname this summer at an open house, said Bill Holmes, the venue’s executive director.


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