John T. Scott was born in Gentilly and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward. He used to say he tried to capture the musicality of New Orleans in the colors and rhythms of his sculptures. He died Saturday at the age of 67.
Scott was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the "genius grant." He fled his hometown just before Hurricane Katrina struck, and he settled in Houston. Scott struggled with pulmonary fibrosis and had both lungs replaced.