Monday, March 28, 2016

Bror Anders Wikstrom's Float Designs, 1898 - 1904

 Bror Anders Wikstrom (1854–1909) designed the carnival parades of the Krewe of Proteus from 1900 to 1910. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm and later in Paris before setting out to make his fortune in America. In 1883 Wikstrom came to New Orleans. His entree to the world of carnival came when he began to work as assistant to Rex's float and costume designer Charles Briton. When Briton died, Wikstrom succeeded him and continued to design for Rex, and later for Proteus, until his death in 1909.

The Devil's Basket, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1898

Dragon, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1904

The Beneficent Frog, float design from Krewe of Proteus, 1900

The bulk of Wikstrom's Proteus designs are housed at Tulane University. Unfortunately, very few of his Rex designs have survived.

More here  and here

Thanks Bruce!

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