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Sherman Watering Can

Photo Credits:  Kristin Pluhacek © 2015
Finished in 2015

by: Kristin Pluhacek
Medium: Latex
Dimensions: Approx. 60' w x 18' h

Location

North of I-680

Description

The dominant piece of this stylized design is a large silhouette of a watering can, meant to identify the Sherman Center, even at some distance (it can be seen from the Storz Expressway between 15th & 16th Streets), as a place where people and plants are nurtured and grow. The watering can tilts over the low concrete wall to “water” a series of bright active, colorful vines/ribbons growing from the foundation of the building. The edges of the mural shapes are hard and flat, but have a scalloped appearance due to the surface of the building. Colors were selected to work in harmony with the center color scheme - particularly a frieze mural in the front of the building. The design expands on the imagery of that scheme: the vines bring the horizontal lines that encircle the building to life, and suggest the leaves that grow from the mural at the building front, while adding a festive feel to the patio that adjoins the wall.

Additional Information

Created during summer 2015 as the arts element for the University of Nebraska at Omaha SummerWorks program. 150 plus participants-all area high school students- helped to paint this mural over the span of 2.5 months.