Galeria Alegria

Promoting Louisiana One Bead At A Time

The technique is new - 95% of Mardi Gras beads are recycled - all beads are individually cut - and molded into shape with regular adhesive

Private Collector "Sumertime" by Stephan - Size: 51"H x 101"W - About 200,000 beads - Time to create: About eight weeks

Original Creations from 2007 - 2012


Tipitina's Foundation, Louisiana Legends Art Piano,

April 2012 - Charity Project: Louisiana Legends Art Piano

 

"Louisiana Legends Art Piano" has been signed by over 30 grammy award winning musicians and was auctioned off to a private collector.
The piano is completely covered in recycled Mardi Gras beads and the proceeds will benefit Music Programs all over Louisiana. The Louisiana Legends Art Piano features 88 keys that have been signed by musicians with great love for Louisiana, including Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Harry Connick, Jr., Chubby Carrier, Dr. John, Donald Harrison Jr, Trombone Shorty, and countless more.
The Louisiana Legends Art Piano has been signed by over 30 Grammy Award winning musicians and was auctioned off to a private collector. The piano is completely covered in recycled Mardi Gras beads and the proceeds will benefit music programs all over Louisiana. The Louisiana Legends Art Piano features 88 keys that have been signed by musicians with great love for Louisiana, including Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Harry Connick, Jr., Chubby Carrier, Dr. John, Donald Harrison Jr, Trombone Shorty, and countless more.

 

Charity Project for Tipitina's Foundation - Raised: $15,000 - Private Collection

Indian Harbour Beach, FL


Sanctuary of Alegria by Stephan Wanger, Mardi Gras bead art, New Orleans, Make It Right, Galeria Alegria

January 2012 - Sanctuary of Alegria - Home of Happiness

 

Stephan Wanger has completed the largest mosaic ever made out of beads. The size of the work is 8 feet tall by 30 feet wide and contains over a million recycled Mardi Gras beads. The art work showcases  the skyline of New Orleans and is called “Sanctuary of Alegria – Home of Happiness.”
Stephan assembled over a million beads in order to create awareness for thousand of tons of annually discarded Mardi Gras beads that are destined to become landfill. The colorful mosaic “Sanctuary of Alegria” was first displayed to be auctioned off by the Make It Right Foundation in March of 2012 in order to raise funds for the lower ninth ward. It didn't sell and now the mural tours.
About 97 % of all the beads that Stephan uses in his artworks, are recycled. He continues to create huge mosaics that will help promote his adopted hometown New Orleans. “Sanctuary of Alegria” showcases a view across the mighty Mississippi River towards downtown New Orleans, complete with the Natchez steamboat, a cruise ship (The Carnival Triumph), tall ships (The Italian tall ship the Amerigo Vespucci and the German tall ship Gorch Fock). In other words, a very busy river scene with the beautiful skyline of New Orleans in the background.
Stephan Wanger produced the largest mosaic ever made out of beads. The work is 8 feet tall by 30 feet wide and contains over a million recycled Mardi Gras beads. The art work showcases the skyline of New Orleans and is called “Sanctuary of Alegria – Home of Happiness”.

Stephan assembled over a million beads in order to draw attention to the tons of annually discarded Mardi Gras beads that are destined to become the contents of a landfill. The colorful mosaic “Sanctuary of Alegria” was first displayed at an auction for the Make It Right Foundation in March of 2012 in order to raise funds for the lower ninth ward. The mural now tours as the representative piece for Stephan's body of work.

About 97 % of all the beads that Stephan uses in his artworks, are recycled. He continues to create huge mosaics that will help promote international attention for and tourism to his adopted hometown of New Orleans. “Sanctuary of Alegria” showcases a view across the mighty Mississippi River towards downtown New Orleans, complete with the Natchez steamboat, a cruise ship (The Carnival Triumph), tall ships (The Italian tall ship the Amerigo Vespucci and the German tall ship Gorch Fock). In other words, a very busy river scene with the beautiful skyline of New Orleans in the background.

 

Size: 8'H x 30'W

New Orleans, LA


Gate & Balcony, Pinnacle, Baton Rouge

July 2012 - Commission: Balcony & Gate

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This artwork is the twin of "Balcony & Gate" and can be viewed in the lobby of the brand new L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge opening in the summer of 2012 which will be a premier southern Louisiana destination offering a fully integrated casino entertainment experience.

Title: Gate - Size: 36"H x46"W

Baton Rouge, LA


St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, Parade Route, by Stephan Wanger, Mardi Gras Beads,

December 2011 - Commission: Sanctuary on St. Charles

This beautiful house is an exact copy of the photo that the owner provided Stephan for this comission. Stephan spray-painted some beads in order to match the color of the house and the passing street car.

Title: Sanctuary on St. Charles - Size: 60"x51" - Private Collection

New Orleans, LA


Seeking New Energy, Gas Light, Mardi Gras Beads, New Orleans, Stephan Wanger

Seeking New Energy

Gas Lights in the Night

Size: 34"H x 50"W - Private Collection

Toronto, Canada


Journey of a Reverie, St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans, Mardi Gras Beads, Stephan Wanger

December 2010 - Commission: Journey of a Reverie

"Journey of a Reverie" features the Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana. The mosaic contains over 125,000 Mardi Gras beads. Mrs. Caracci discovered Stephan's work while visiting her grandson in New Orleans. “Little Vic,” as he is affectionately known, owns and operates a Gelateria in the French Quarter. Mrs. Caracci was fascinated by these pieces and commissioned a mosaic to be placed in the center of her new home called Jalari. Mrs. Caracci and Little Vic’s grandfather, “Papa Vic,” celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Parcomuseo Jalari, in Sicily, which is home to some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics. Papa Vic passed away in June, 2010, and Mrs. Caracci has named the community center “Jalari” to honor their beautiful memories of Sicily. "I really enjoyed the idea of blending New Orleans architecture with that of Jackson, Mississippi, and linking Jackson Square in New Orleans with my city," said Mrs Caracci. Both Jackson Square and Jackson, Mississippi are named for President Andrew Jackson.

Size: 63"Hx51W" - Private Collection

Jackson, MS


NOLA's Resilience, New Orleans, BP Horizon Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, Jazz Funeral, Stephan Wanger

August 2010 - Charity Project: Nola's Resilience

New Orleans, characterized by this woman, is walking away from a classic New Orleans cemetery. Over her right shoulder is a grave with the inscribed date of Hurricane Katrina...over her left shoulder is a grave with the inscribed date of the BP Horizon Oil Spill…. NOLA has been ravished, tested but not broken:  it is "NOLA's Resilience". She is in mourning but still shows strength and leadership... she will not be denied her happiness and success. The veil is of a honeycomb design that indicates the sweetness and drive of Louisianans who overcame the two largest disasters in US History within a single five year span. The missing man formation is a flyover pattern that is typically displayed when a pilot has died in combat. The veil has a missing Fleur-de-Lis, shaped like the missing man formation. This special and symbollic piece consists of over 250,000 Mardi Gras beads.

Size:99"H x 75"W - The Sale of NOLA's Resilience will benefit numerous foundations

New Orleans, LA


Legends Waiting...by Stephan Wanger, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Harry Cornick Jr., Mardi Gras New Orleans

November 2011 - Commission: Legends Waiting...


Legends Waiting …and the rest of the city is in the car - and Mr. Fats Domino is on the wheel.
Legends Waiting… is honoring the cultural influences and love Mr. Louis Armstrong, Ms. Irma 
Thomas, Mr.Harry Cornick Jr., and Dr. John have for their beloved City and State and the patience we all must exercise while we wait for a New Orleans’ street car. The reward for waiting for this joyous ride is amazing because we never know who sat in our seat.
Legends Waiting …and the rest of the city is in the car - with Mr. Fats Domino at the wheel. "Legends Waiting"… honors the cultural influences and love Mr. Louis Armstrong, Ms. Irma Thomas, Mr.Harry Cornick Jr., and Dr. John had for their beloved city and state and the patience we all must exercise while waiting for a New Orleans’ street car. The reward for this wait is a joyous ride, that can be amazing, because we never know what historical figure sat in our seat.

 

Size: 51"H x 101"W - Private Collection

Phoenix, AZ


Oak Alley Plantation by Stephan Wanger, Mardi Gras Beads, Galeria Alegria

February 2010 - Vision of an Immigrant

This work shows Oak Alley Plantation and its 28 beautiful oak trees. The artwork is named “Vision of an Immigrant” because a French settler planted these oak trees over 300 years ago – but he never got to see their glory. Stephán believes that we all must live our lives with this eye toward the future. What can we do today that may benefit society 300 years from now?

Size: 43"H x 88"W

Available - New Orleans, LA


Stazia by Stephan Wanger, butterfly, New Orleans, Mardi Gras beads, Galeria Alegria

June 2012 - Charity Project: Stazia

Flight of the Butterfly

Charity Project for the Illinois Eye Clinic - Size: 35"H x 59"W

Chicago, IL