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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.


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.


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.


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.


By The Bucket Full , 2004

by Jamie Burmeister

 

Mediums: Stainless Steel, Water

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall 11th and Farnam located within the waterfall off the south side of the mall

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: The sculpture debuted in 2004 at the “Wind & Water” Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. At the end of the summer, the sculpture was donated to the City of Omaha for permanent display and is very popular with the public.


Colorful Crescendos , 2005

by Ron Parks

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall 1200 Farnam St. On grass near pedestrian bridge

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: Part of the Wind & Water Exhibition These sculptures originated from the study of cones and the interesting shapes they create from different perspectives.


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.


Frankie's Pain , 2004

by Tim Zweiback

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall 1302 Farnam

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: 2004 “Wind & Water” Sculpture Exhibition. Presented by the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. The sculpture was purchased by RDG Architects and donated to the city for permanent display.


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.


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