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Tree House with French Doors , 2002

by Sidney Buchanan

 

Mediums: Steel

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

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The sculpture was part of the 2002 Wind & Water Sculpture Exhibition presented by the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. The 30 foot sculpture is see-through and comprised of many different linear shapes (described by the artist as “a great big red line drawing).


Untitled No. 8 , 2010

by Bahr Vermeer Haecker

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Downtown, Gene Leahy Mall; Gene Leahy Mall, lower level near the water, Douglas side of the Mall, 14-13th Streets

Owner: City of Omaha (Parks Recreation)

Series: Take A Seat

Additional Information: Sponsored by BVH Architects, Paxton & Vierling Steel Company and Boyd Jones Construction. The concept for this bench design comes from a desire to combine technology and art. Plate steel is a durable material, and with the process of computer laser-cutting, it can be cut into any shape and inscribed with any pattern or image. Inspired by a simple cardboard box, a single piece of steel is laser cut to the desired shape and then bent into a seat with a backrest. Alone, this seat is not big enough for a single person. However, when copied and displaced several times, the combined pieces become a seating surface for multiple persons. Two sections of the bench are raised to become an armrest and to deter potential skateboarders. The ‘tree’ image began as a desire to create a logo for Gene Leahy Mall. Practically, the cut pattern will allow water to drain from the horizontal surface of the seat. Aesthetically, it will allow sunlight to create unique shadows on the ground, to evoke images of the natural foliage patterning of trees. The design of the pattern was influenced by wood block carving techniques used in printmaking, a process of creating a picture with highlights and shadows by carving out from a flat surface


Vanishing Point , 2010

by Kris Nelson; James Leach; Drew Johnson

 

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 Dave Thomas. Our inspiration was the existing park landforms and elements which use classic, simple geometric forms. We wanted our seating unit to complement these forms, and chose to use the concept of vanishing lines (the convergence of lines as they move towards a point on the horizon) to accommodate a variety of people, from small children to tall adults. We also chose bright orange as the color to complement the yellow and orange palette of existing park elements. We chose to fabricate our bench from formed steel plate, because it is a readily available material which has the ability to create sophisticated, highly sculptural forms through simple fabrication techniques. Our partner used their CNC cutting device to create the base shapes, and formed the flat shapes into three-dimensional objects using a steel brake. The finished piece is naturally sprung, which allows a subtle flex when in use. The tubular form will also interact with light and shadow to create different affects throughout the day. The Waldinger Corporation donated the raw materials, fabrication and transportation.


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