After earning masters degrees in sculpture and landscape architecture, Alexis Wredden attended Harvard University's graduate school of landscape design.Her
course of study was parlayed into a six-year stay in New England.
Eventually, living in Megalopolis lost its luster, and the Virginia native longed to return to her
"Cambridge and that area is beautiful, but there came a time when I decided to come back to the rural south," the Virginia native said.Six years ago, she joined the faculty at Louisiana Tech University.
It was during a show of her
works there two years ago that she
came upon the opportunity to design something for the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
"Kevin Kennedy saw some of my work and put me in touch with some of the 'Friends,' and that's how we got to this point.
" is the group Friends of Black Bayou
, a non-profit organization that offers educational programs and support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.Wredden
recently presented models of her
work "Mud Flat Boat House" at a recent Friends meeting.
"The design Alexis
has will be breathtaking in the setting we have in mind for it," Smith said.
The sculpture, Wredden
said, is designed so visitors who want to watch native bird species in the area "can use it kind of like a duck blind, I guess."
In addition to the sculpture itself, Wredden
said the area adjacent to the sculpture - near an old fish hatchery at the refuge - will have interpretive panels with information about native bird species at the refuge and trees that are indigenous to the area.Wredden
is now trying to secure grant funds to produce the work.She
says the opportunity to work on the project is something she
had only dreamed about.