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Inspiration and Perseverance

Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2010
Finished in 2007

by: Larry Roots
Medium: Fiberglass
Dimensions: 6' x 4'
Part of the O! Public Art Project

Location

Downtown
Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, 13th & Farnam Streets
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Description

Fiberglass O! Sculpture

Additional Information

Throughout the history of civilization, man has transformed the conditions of his existence to make it a better place to live now and for future generations. “Inspiration and Perseverance” are essential attributes of that legacy and the future, and they serve as this sculpture’s title and concept. “Brick and mortar” at the base represent our historic architecture and the perseverance necessary to build the city of Omaha, while the light at the top symbolized inspiration.

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Eclipse (O! Public Art Project), 2008

by Santiago Cal

 

Medium: Fiberglass, Paint

Location: West; 2808 N 108th Street near Godfather's Pizza

Owner: Unknown

Series: O! Public Art Project

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O! (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Bart Vargas

 

Medium: Fiberglass

Location: University of Nebraska at Omaha; University of Nebraska at Omaha Weber Fine Arts Building at the campus,60th & Dodge Streets

Owner: Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: This complex design represents both Omaha’s unity and diversity as well as the city’s vibrant energy, potential and future. The painted surface’s design includes twenty-two randomly placed O!s, one for each sculpture involved in the O! Public Art Project. Five skin tone colors symbolize the diversity of both the American and indigenous Omaha population.


Omaha On My Mind (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Littleton Alston

 

Medium: Metal, Fiberglass, Paint

Location: Downtown; Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Plaza, corner of 13th & Farnam Street

Owner: Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Donated by Mayor Mike Fahey. This sculpture depicts the artist’s self-portrait and is constructed from mild steel, resulting in an impressive work. Alston envisioned the winds of change blowing through a net, which creates the portrait and animates the space surrounding the entire sculpture. He uses the O! symbol as a pure shape and a continuum, with the painted clouds referencing limitless possibilities.


Omaha Song (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Jamie Burmeister

 

Medium: Fiberglass

Location: Downtown; Omaha Children’s Museum at 20th & St. Mary’s Avenue

Owner: Omaha Children's Museum

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Donated by Carol Gendler. Jamie Burmeister transformed this O! into an interactive sound sculpture by attaching tuned chimes and bars into an engaging visual arrangement. The chimes play by being struck by doorbell solenoids, which are controlled by a micro-controller, or small programmable computer. When the viewer sits on the chair within the O!, pieces of these songs about Omaha play "Omaha" (Fritze Al Carlson); "I Want to Grow with Growing Omaha"(Albert Adair); Omaha Blues(Big Joe Williams);"Omaha" (Counting Crows); "Omaha Stylee"(311);and "Omaha Flash" (Johnny Otis).


Suffolk War Horse (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Kenneth Adkins

 

Medium: Fiberglass

Location: Downtown; The Florence Mill, I-680 & 30th Street

Owner: Linda Meigs

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Kenneth Adkins reflects upon his upbringing on a nearby farm, as well as Omaha’s proud agricultural and western heritage, and the war in Iraq by creating a mixed-media sculpture inspired by the Suffolk horse, a heavy draft horse typically employed in farming. In addition to being used for work, sport, consumer products and military operations, the horse also serves as a prominent figure in religion, mythology and art. “Suffolk War Horse” ties together all these meanings and provides a metaphor for the price of war.


This is Omaha (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Craig Roper

 

Medium: Fiberglass

Location: Mid-Town; Shoppes at Ak-Sar-Ben, 72nd & Pacific near Bed, Bath & Beyond

Owner: Jay Noddle

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Roper incorporated historical, contemporary and visual information to engage interest and express Omaha’s vibrant qualities. The artist also incorporated photos of Omaha sights, neighborhoods, and points of interest as well as words, historical facts and doodling to round out the piece.


WO!ven (O! Public Art Project), 2007

by Mary Zicafoose

 

Medium: Steel, Fiberglass

Location: Mid-Town; Memorial Park 6005 Underwood Avenue....located near Dodge Street near pedestrian bridge

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Purchased by Ted and Lisa Schwab and donated to the City of Omaha. The sculpture is primal and graphic, extremely textural, strong and durable, yet contrastingly delicate and whimsical. “wO!ven” is a strong metaphor for acknowledging process and diversity within the Omaha community. Installation of the O! was a group effort –Omaha Public Power (disconnect power line); Omaha Public Works Department (barricades and street closure); Davis Erection Company (delivered the sculpture and put in place); great crew and the artist provided refreshments.