Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 19, 2012

Mobile: World premieres in Alabama

By Christine Tibbetts

CNHI News Service

Next time I’m in Mobile, Ala., I’m changing careers. Going back to try my hand as a crane operator as soon as Gulf Quest opens.

This is going to be a National Maritime Museum about the Gulf of Mexico, with underwater dive trails and offshore drilling technology exhibits.

Controls to pilot towboats and satellite images of storms and clouds sound interesting too but those controls to operate a container ship crane entice me.

Gulf Quest opens in the autumn of 2013 and NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is a partner. Shaped like a vessel headed to sea, the museum will have 90,000 square feet in three stories.

Gulf Quest isn’t the only Mobile discovery striking me as innovative and alluring.

The Centre for the Living Arts does too.

Downtown Mobile with Cathedral Square, cast iron facades, architecture reflecting three centuries is a walk-about kind of city so discovering the unknown is quite likely.

Conti is the name of the street for finding this arts organization and the Space 301 galleries. The Memory Project is the creative happening through December.

Nine months of investigating memory. Hurry to the back of this big building; here’s why.

Only place in the world to see the massive, three-wall video presentation. Painting with light.

The walls are 30-feet high and the gallery 8,600 square feet. Six projectors control the sequence of animated video about centuries of Japanese history and collective memory.

Music, abstract forms, familiar art and architecture and historical images: poetry in motion.

Hokushima is the title; Xavier de Richemont the French artist who usually paints with light outdoors, on enormous cathedral and monument walls.

Memory Project is his first in America.

Remembering Mardi Gras deserves some time every Mobile trip for me via the exceptionally interesting Carnival Museum.

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