An article in the Times-Picayune invited residents of New Orleans to submit images or descriptions of irreplaceable people, objects, or places lost to Hurricane Katrina. Eleven of the submissions were chosen by lottery to be made into paintings. The texts of all thirty submissions were printed and exhibited along with the paintings. Texts that did not receive a painting were exhibited below a framed black rectangle. At the end of the exhibition, the submissions and the paintings were given to the participants.

The Irreplaceable Cannot Be Replaced (installation at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center), Ellen Harvey, 2008. Eleven framed oil paintings on gesso board, nineteen framed black boards, and thirty framed texts, each painting, board, and text: 16 x 20″ (40.6 x 50.8 cm