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"O"Mage , 2005

by Sharon Boynton

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall; east of 10th Street Bridge, north side of the Green House.

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: “O”MAGE is a tribute to Omaha as a dynamic historical and cultural force. The sculpture exhibits iconic strength reminiscent of the red “O” used for promotion of the city. This piece exemplifies Omaha as forging ahead –a force to be reckoned with.


(Baseball Player) , 1927

by Unknown

 

Mediums: Granite

Location: Mid-Town; Elmwood Park 68th and Leavenworth 100 yards North of the Grotto and 100 yards to the East of the Pavilion in the Park

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: This baseball player, dubbed Bosco by some who didn’t appreciate his lack of style and grace, was atop a pedestal in Elmwood Park. Bocso was bronze and with the base, cost the Omaha Amateur Baseball Association $3500.00 in 1927. Made in a Chicago foundry, Bosco was dedicated in a ceremony in which a little girl doused him with a bottle of Elmwood spring water. The site for Bosco is adjacent to the Grotto (which had spring water) in Elmwood Park. Bosco remained on site until 1942 when he was dumped on a scrap-metal pile at 11th & Jackson streets during a collection campaign for “scrap metal for the war” (started by the Omaha World-Herald). A group of Central High School students freed Bosco with crowbars and wrenches and delivered him by truck to the collection site. There has been discussion over the years about replacing Bosco atop the remaining pedestal.


A Panoramic Rendering of the Journey of Discovery , 2004

by John Thein; John Mossman

 

Mediums: Ceramic

Location: Downtown; Miller’s Landing 151 Freedom Park Road

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Lewis & Clark Icon Sculpture Project

Additional Information: “A Panoramic Rendering of the Journey of Discovery is a six-piece Icon sculpture—one of nine Icons located in Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River. The sculptures feature artistic interpretations of the Corps of Discovery Expedition to explain the River’s story and existing culture of this area. The Icon sculpture is easily visible to visitors on the trail. The Icon form is concrete with a space designated for artist embellishment.


aha-MO , 2010

by Paul Konchagulian

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, North side of the lagoon between 10th – 13th Street

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: “aha-Mo!” the prairie individual, welcomes you to the City of Omaha. “aha-Mo!” is sponsored by The Architectural Offices, Paul Konchagulian, Dundee Bank, Werner Paint and Nielsen-Baumert Engineering. This piece is made exclusively of mild plate steel. The three main forms will be welded steel plate. Depth of the piece was achieved by adding sides to the profile of the hand and fingers. The steel was cut to shape with plasma cutter. The steel pieces have Mr. Konchagulian’s trademark stitching. This project is very sustainable. The United States Green Building Council lists steel as the only material which has at least 25% post consumer recycled content. The steel used was donated from the remodeling of Dundee Bank in Omaha. Steel also can be easily recycled when “Take a Seat” has reached the end of its useful life.


Airbourne Monument , 2007

by Matthew J. Placzek

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; Adjacent to the World War II Monument and lake at Heartland of America Park, 8th & Douglas Streets

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The Heartland Airborne Memorial is a testimonial to the persistence, patience, tireless work and vision of Airborne veterans in our community who stayed the course in completing their mission and to the many benefactors who donated to the campaign.


Arches , 1887

by Unknown

 

Mediums: Stone

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; 12th and Farnam

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: Former US National Bank building constructed in 1887. Reconstructed at current site in 1979.


Ascension , 2009

by Jake Balcom

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Mid-Town; 6005 Underwood Avenue

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The sculpture was commissioned by the Dundee/Memorial Park Association with a gift from an anonymous donor. The artist chose the name Ascension because it felt like the sculpture was still evolving and it would keep growing larger and larger, rising to a monumental state.


b3nch , 2010

by Brian Kelly; Andrea Kelly

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall Farnam Street side, lower level near the water, east of 13th Street

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Donated by ATOMdesign, InfraStructure, KSI Construction, Bender Ornamental and Hunter Painting. The intent was to design a bench that would reflect the energy and dynamics of Downtown Omaha and the Gene Leahy Mall. The operations of folding and cutting plate steel emerged into a series of localized contextual responses. The base of the bench, poised as if ready to jump, gestures toward a machine aesthetic. The seat itself, fabricated from one sheet of plate steel, is cut and folded to create intimate places for conversation and interaction. The entire bench is 3/8” welded, painted plate steel with a center beam support which is 2”x4” painted tube steel. The unit is finished with Sherwin Williams clear anti-graffiti coating.


Betty Ford , 1980

by Jonathan Haschka; Nick Chiburis

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; Gerald R Ford birth site 32nd and Woolworth. Located in the gardens.

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The President Gerald R. Ford Birth site and Gardens commemorates the birth of Leslie King, Jr., who later became Gerald R. Ford, Jr. and was eventually sworn in as the thirty-eighth president of the United States of America in 1974. In 1971 President Ford's birthplace home was razed following a fire. Upon Ford's succession to the presidency in 1974, Omaha businessman James M. Paxton purchased the property intending to build a memorial on the site. In 1977 the birth site was dedicated.


Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge , 2008

by HNTB Corporation

 

Mediums: Concrete

Location: Omaha-Council Bluffs Bridge; 705 Riverfront Drive

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: A visual marvel with a curvilinear design and a pair of LED-equipped pylons that pierce the skyline, the pedestrian bridge spans the Missouri River and connects Omaha, Neb., with Council Bluffs, Iowa. Built to enhance its natural surroundings, the design team incorporated specific protections for migratory birds and incorporated interactive sculptures that educate users about endangered Missouri River species. Already exceeding usage projections by significant margins, the bridge is a signature landmark for the community and has become more than a means to a destination – it’s a destination in and of itself. The longest pedestrian bridge to link two states.


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