Mediums: No specialty noted.
Location: West; Millard Branch Public Library 13214 Westwood Lane
Owner: City of Omaha
Additional Information: Representative of the earthen effigy mounds left by prehistoric people along the Mississippi River in Iowa before 1300 A.D. Look carefully to pick out 15 shapes of animals that the mounds symbolized. “Reading Garden” was the winner of a 1997 competition sponsored by the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees and the City of Omaha Public Arts Commission. The outdoor sculpture is designed for story times and musical performances
Location: Hilton | Qwest Center; Southwest entrance to the Qwest Center
Series: Art 4 Omaha
Additional Information: The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts created the Artist-in-Industry Steel Collaboration Project with Valmont Industries and Qwest Center Omaha as a way to bring dynamic contemporary art directly to the public. Forty-one artists submitted proposals to the Bemis Center’s national sculpture competition. This piece was created by Catherine Ferguson. The Artist-in-Industry Steel Collaboration Project was made possible by Valmont Industries, who donated resources, materials, studio workspace, access to machinery and fabrication assistance to the sculptors. Most notably, Valmont’s highly-trained technicians Tyler Pearce and Randy Banghart enabled the artists to realize their sculptures at six-times larger than their proposed models, and their expertise enabled the resulting public art to coordinate perfectly with the architecture and atmosphere of Qwest Center Omaha. The sculptor of joyful Sky Fin wants to express our shared human fantasy of flying in the sky and swimming under water at will, unassisted.
Location: Downtown; W. Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St.
Owner: City of Omaha
Additional Information: Totem pays homage to the prehistoric people of central North America who facilitated their economic, social and religious community life by building massive earthen sculptures. The animals shapes depicted in Totem are recorded in the Iowa Effigy Mound Manifestation: An Interpretive Model by R. Clark Mallam, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologis; circa 1976. The effigy mounds were earthen representations of mammals, reptiles, birds and geometric forms along the Upper Mississippi River built by hunting and gathering people prior to 1300 A.D. While carefully replicating the ancient shapes of the earth effigy mounds, the contemporary Totem was fabricated of aluminum with the aid of computers and the calculations of engineers. Totem was commissioned by the Omaha Public Art Commission with funds donated by the J. Doe Project.
Location: Downtown; The 1299 Building In a passway that connects Harney and Farnam through the building - on the ceiling. Only accessible during regular business hours.
Owner: 1299 Building
Location: West; 6710 South 167th Street SW corner in front of Walmart