Stacey Plaisance / Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New Orleans residents will no longer have a hard time seeing where to go for a ride out of town if a hurricane approaches and an evacuation is called.

More than a dozen 850-pound stainless steel sculptures that stand about 14 feet tall are being installed in neighborhoods across the city to mark pick-up sites for residents needing to escape the storm.

The first round of sculptures were installed Thursday, just days ahead of Saturday's official start of the 2013 hurricane season.

The sculptures are in the shape of a person with an outstretched arm, as if waving or hailing a cab. They were designed to withstand the elements and are expected to be a part of the New Orleans' landscape for 100 years or more.

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