This exhibition celebrates one of Louisiana’s greatest natural resources, the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin. Originally on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum in 2017, this new version will be tailored for the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Museum. Photography and sculpture by well-known Louisiana artists, photographers Greg Guirard, C. C. Lockwood, and Justin Patin and sculptor Rigsby Frederick, will illustrate the rich biodiversity of one of the world’s most productive swamps.
Named “long river” by the Choctaw, the Atchafalaya River stretches 135 miles from where it branches off the Mississippi and Red Rivers to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico. The basin of this river, which includes some 1.4 million acres, is the only growing delta in Louisiana. Boasting the largest contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in North America, the Basin supports our densest breeding concentration of bottomland songbirds and is a prime wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl.