On Land With Water: A Mobile Museum
Project Team: Kristi Cheramie, Jeffrey Carney, Michael Pasquier, Dean Kelly
On Land / With Water: A Mobile Museum brings together a diverse team of scientists, historians, and designers committed to understanding the past, present, and future of coastal living in Louisiana. Bayou Lafourche, the project site, is among several waterways in the Mississippi River Delta that have been dramatically affected by sea-level rise, coastal erosion, and wetlands loss. Residents of Bayou Lafourche have demonstrated an incredible capacity to live on land and with water. The rest of the state, and indeed the nation, can learn from the people who call Bayou Lafourche home.
Together, we can prepare for a sustainable future in this changing landscape. As a mobile museum, the Mobile Environmental Research Vessels (MERVs) will directly engage the people of Bayou Lafourche at key locations along the bayou. From Donaldsonville to Fourchon, the MERVs will allow the communities of Bayou Lafourche and LSU to educate the public about sustainable living using the following methodology:
The MERVs will collect and archive the history of Bayou Lafourche by inviting residents to share their family stories and personal experiences.
LSU students and professors will use the MERVs to observe and study the relationship between social and environmental conditions along Bayou Lafourche.
Based on knowledge gained through both collection and observation, the MERVs will provide the community with a traveling multimedia exhibition that will tell the story of how Bayou residents live on land and with water.