The first artwork visitors will see upon entering the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion is a mural that covers the foyer.

The mural was created by Auseklis Ozols, director of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, and was designed to represent the four corners of Louisiana.

“From the rice fields and rolling hills of North Louisiana to the cypress marsh and coastal areas of South Louisiana, Ozols sought to capture the majestic culture in Louisiana,” the Governor’s Mansion’s informational brochure states. “In the mural, the artist embedded images symbolic of each governor who has resided in the Governor’s Mansion, while also included images of some well-known Louisiana governors who did not reside at the mansion.”

The Governor’s Mansion Foundation commissioned Ozols for the project in 2000. He completed the mural in six months.

“He returns to add items to the mural,” first lady Supriya Jindal said. “He came back to add some things after Gov. Blanco’s administration, and he’ll return after Bobby’s. He doesn’t tell anyone what he’s going to add, it’s left up to him.”

Look closely at the mural when walking in, and you’ll take in a big Louisiana history lesson.

Ozol’s mural includes coastal Louisiana, farmland, majestic waterways, forestry and the crops of Louisiana, with symbolism woven within.

Robin Miller