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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.


crO!ak , 2010

by Jim Classe

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, located next to the giant slides in the Mall at Farnam & 11th Street

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Donated by Prochaska & Associates and Dolphens Design and Sign. The frog theme was inspired by the lagoon at the Gene Leahy Mall, giving the impression that the amphibian might have crawled up from the water’s edge for a snack. The name “crO!ak” represents not only what frogs say, but also what the fly is about to do! Omaha’s “O!” logo is found right in the middle. The playful theme is meant to appeal to both young and old alike and is fitting for the playground area of the Mall. The frog has captured a forlorn fly on the tip of his extended tongue, and he may just happen to catch a few Omahans in the process. The undulating tongue’s surface provides high and low seating for people of all sizes. The frog sits on a lily pad to help complete the theme. The bench is fabricated from steel plates with welded connections. The steel was sandblasted to smooth all surfaces and was then given a powder coated finish for permanence. Bright green and pink colors accent the playful theme. A sacrificial anti-graffiti coating (Prosoco SC-1) has also been applied to the bench for protection.


Golden Rod , 2010

by Vanessa Schutte

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, southeast corner of 14th & Douglas, street level.

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Donated by DLR Group and SiteScapes, Inc. Inspiration for the design was the simple beauty of Nebraska’s State Flower the Goldenrod and the desire to create a bench that focuses on act of communicating. The “bench” is comprised of six individual curved forms of varying height. The sweeping arcs of the seats wrap the corner of 14th and Douglas Street creating space for conversation both on the street side of the bench and within the park. Three of the goldenrods cantilever from the earth reaching into the sidewalk and the park reflecting the reaching nature of the Goldenrod. The Goldenrod is constructed of a 1/2" steel framework, with a 10 gauge steel seating area. It is a fully welded unit and is surface mounting with a 1/2" stainless steel mounting plate. The finish is sandblasted and pretreated powder coat finish; polyester, exterior rated RAL 1037 "yellow".


House3 , 2010

by Bruce Frasier

 

Mediums: Steel, Stone

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

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Sponsored by Bruce Frasier Architects and Artisan Stone Company. Our inspiration comes from the simplest form and idea of a house; four walls, a pitched roof, and a place for shelter. Stone cubes allow for various viewing angles and seating positions amongst a rhythm of metal houses. The houses provide a sense of separation for multiple users; an armrest, a backrest, or a shaded place for man’s best friend. Each unit is offset from the next 6” to create a pattern much like a house-lined street. The red color was chosen to compliment the green landscape. Black and red granite chips in the concrete blend with the red houses to create a unified brutalist design. Wood cube forms are made to the exact shape, poured with concrete, mixed with black and red granite chips for color, once cured, the concrete is lightly sandblasted to create a soft texture. Each finished cube is anchored to the concrete slab with a ¾” coil and epoxy. The joint between the concrete slab and cube is filled with a vulkem based sealant. Each cube weighs approximately 500 lbs. The houses are ¼” thick metal bent to shape. A 1/8” thick coating of rubberized truck bed liner spray is adhered to all surfaces of the house. The coating is soft to the touch and UV protected so the color never fades. Each house is anchored to the concrete slab with four anchor bolts and acorn caps.


Makimono , 2010

by RDG Planning

 

Mediums: Stainless Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, lower level near the water, east of 10th Street

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Donated by RDG Planning & Design and Paxton & Vierling Steel. Our bench is made up of four individually rolled, laser cut, bead-blasted stainless steel sheets. These sheets are then fully welded and ground smooth at the seam to create an elliptical shape in section. These sections are then anchored to concrete pilings beneath the plaza by bolted connections. The four benches were designed and fabricated using computer aided technology, minimizing material waste. Only two 4’x8’ steel sheets were used in the fabrication of the bench.


Rebar , 2010

by Randy Brown

 

Mediums: Rebar

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, upper level west side of the Mall, 14th Street

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Sponsored by Randy Brown Architects. The idea evolved from watching the construction of highways and seeing all of the rebar that goes into the concrete pours. Our vision was to pull this rebar out of the concrete and sculpt it to create spaces for sitting and talking. The concrete pad is also the structural component that anchors all of our rebars back into the ground.


Reflection , Dedicated M

by Mary McCawley; Brad Swerczek; Dipti Trivedi; Brad Young; Dan Rhodes

 

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 HDR Architecture, LOOK Architectural Coatings, Chris Kemp and Great Plains Polymers.The three guiding principles for the design were: that it reflects the design principles of Landscape Architecture; that it has a back to be comfortable for all age groups and that it is long lasting. The inspiration for the three seated bench is the natural succession of plant material from budding to full bloom; much like the growth of the City of Omaha. This progression is depicted in three acrylic panels, one on each of the seat back panels. The smooth metal framework is a blend of smooth curves and strong geometric lines that reflect the natural curved edges of the water and the geometric grid line of the surrounding City’s built patterns. The hope is that this bench welcomes the user to sit back, enjoy the surroundings of our beautiful City and REFLECT.


Serenity , 2010

by Jeremy Carlson; Caleb Rogers; Dwayne Brown

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, corner of 10th Street and Douglas

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Donated by Studio 360 Architecture. The design team wanted to create a unique bench that meets the needs of pedestrians, bicyclist and city transit users. It was important to create a bench that was inviting, comfortable and timeless. This was done by using a simple form that is iconic of a bench; this allows the user to focus on the function of bench first and foremost while the design is played up in the details. Gene Leahy Mall was a major contributor to the design. The bench pays homage to the park by using similar colors and construction techniques. The bench mimics the cast-in-place concrete and wood inserts of varying depths used throughout the park; the primary steel elements are painted orange to match the light fixtures that surround the park. Serenity is constructed of steel (tube and plate) with a concrete anchor and base. The simple form of the bench also includes the ability for temporary bike storage. Concrete base was cast in place concrete with “Dur-a-pell” Anti-graffiti coating by Chem Probe. The tube steel is powder coated in white while the plate steel is powder coated in orange.


Shadow Box , 2005

by Tom Sitzman

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, east side of 10th Street between Farnam and Douglas. Sculpture is located next to the water

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: This piece is designed to look different from every angle. The cutouts shadow and give dimension to the space without filling it. The shadows are as important as the sculpture itself. I want people to play with the space, shapes and shadows and be interactive with the art by looking through it, touching it and going inside it.


Sinuous , 2010

by Holland Basham

 

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 Holland Basham Architects, Kiewit Building Group, Drake Williams Rebar, Davis J. D. Steel, Great Plains Polymers and Rich Bryen. The team’s inspiration for Sinuous is the lagoon that is the hearbeat of the Mall and the winding paths that are its veins. Just as the water lazily flowers from shore to shore, our seat mimics this rhythmic movement from every angle and reflects the ebb and flow of the surroundings. The undulation of Sinuous allows you to be one with the park and asks you to be a participant in its energy. The team chose rebar for its fragile yet sturdy characteristics; alone, the rebar is weak but together there is strength. It is easily manipulated and can be shaped and molded to imitate the landscape and the human body. The open composition of free-flowing bars implies a form that has a fixed presence but does not dominate the landscape. Sinuous emulates it inspiration-as the water directs it energy to the shore, Sinuous directs the individual to a defined experience. Comprised of 27-Bent, #5 Rebar Profiles, all sandblasted with powder coat finish.


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