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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , 2004

by Littleton Alston

 

Mediums: Metal

Location: Downtown; 1819 Farnam Street, Douglas County Courthouse

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The sculpture is a larger-than-life image of King wearing the Nobel Peace prize robe and holding out his hands. King appears to be standing on a mountain and looking toward the future. The inscription on sculpture is King's quote beginning, "I've been to the mountain top…" The sculpture was paid for by private donations raised by Mayor Mike Fahey.


Drive Shed , 2010

by Cathy Solarana

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton Street Omaha, NE

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential

Additional Information: Influenced by the structural elements of grain elevator architecture, Omaha graphic designer Cathy Solarana chose the subordinate drive shed as her focus of exploration. Drive sheds had their own structural and functional personalities despite being dwarfed by the huge multi-barreled contiguous white concrete cylinders they served. Cathy Solarana believes good design comes from inside the project — one must understand the depth of something before it can be communicated to the world. This is why she begins each project with thoughtful research into what the brand stands for now, and what its hopes to communicate in the future. Through Cathy’s exploration into grain elevator structure, she created an iconic design style of a simple line and shape. Together with graphic bold colors the drive shed becomes the focal point, rather than a supplemental structure. The use of scale pays homage to its purpose. The giant wheat stalk stands as a representation of all the grains that have filled the silos and fed families, not just in consumables, but as an employer, customer, investor, and a vital commercial hub, for generations. The striped curve pattern in the background is an abstraction inspired by a hand forged silo in rural Nebraska from the 1930′s.


Family Dollar Mural , unknown

by Maggie Weber; Janie Helt; Abby Chambers; Rachele Johnson

 

Mediums: Mural, Acrylic

Location: Downtown; 3552 Leavenworth Street

Owner: Kent Bellows Studio and Foundation

Series: Kent Bellows Studio Murals

Additional Information: With a dynamic vision for Omaha’s future and a unique and versatile curriculum model, The Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts is proud to encourage the development of inspired, engaged citizens dedicated to their community. At Kent Bellows, high school students of all backgrounds take classroom techniques to the next level. They develop their own intensive course of study, setting personal goals and overcoming creative obstacles. While working hands-on up to 20 hours a month with the finest professional artists in the metro, our students build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, tenacity, and a lifelong drive for innovation. The mentor on this project was Jamie Helt and the Young Artists involved were Abby Chambers, Maggie Webber and Rachele Johnson


Faraway Lands Flow Into the Plains , 2007

by Deborah Uhl

 

Mediums: Mural, Acrylic

Location: Downtown; 1015 Farnam

Owner: O Dining Restaurant

Additional Information: This entire mural was painted in one week, and much of it at night due to the proximity of parked cars during the day. Three artists assisted in creating the mural: local Blair Art Educator, Angel Thomas, Objects Conservator from the Ford Conservation Center, Julie Parker, and Las Vegas Artist, Erica Deutsch, who painted the cityscape. Deborah despairs that the Great Wall painting, painted in the eighties, underneath the Faraway Lands mural was not in good enough condition to be saved and integrated into the new mural. The artist and client's intention for the new mural was to brighten the building and draw attention into the new restaurant housed within. O'Dining's menu brings in cuisine from Faraway Lands so we felt the subject of the mural was fitting. Deborah brought in her favorite subject, the Bristlecone pine trees, from Colorado's mountain tops, for the foreground and had them flow into the Omaha cityscape as the focal point for the mural. Deborah Uhl, an Omaha native, is a Mural Artist and also a Mural Conservator. She travels the world working in and outside historic buildings and new ones. She leads crews of Artists and Conservators on large scale projects through her company, the Creative Conservation Collective, based out of Colorado. She conserved the murals in the Durham Museum and has restored theatre interiors including decorative curtains in West Point, Kearney, Scottsbluff, and Kimball.


Feed Your Brain , 2011

by Stephen Walsh; Ari Rauhauser; Jayme Wyble; Brad Watkins

 

Mediums: Mural, Aerosol

Location: Downtown; W Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68102 North Stairwell

Owner: Omaha Public Library and Kent Bellows Studio

Additional Information: This mural was created as a part of the Urban Arts Program at The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Art with the support of Paul and Annette Smith, Tod And Betiana Simon Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Foundation.


Fertile Ground , 2008

by Meg Saligman

 

Mediums: Mural

Location: Downtown; Eastern wall of the Energy Systems Inc building on 13th and Webster

Owner: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

Additional Information: The Omaha Mural Project Fertile Ground is a creation of internationally renowned mural artist Meg Saligman. Saligman’s work tells the story of Omaha’s past, present, and future by featuring historical references, present-day communities, and portraying the passage of time with a unique “back to front” rather than “left to right” composition. At 32,500 sq ft, the mural is the largest public art project in the history of the city of Omaha as well as the largest singly funded mural in the nation. The mural features nearly 50 Omahans who were photographed at locations across the city. Each mural character symbolizes an aspect of life in Omaha.


Fire in the Hole , 1986

by Jon Barlow-Hudson

 

Mediums: Metal

Location: Downtown; Civic Center Plaza 1819 Farnam St.

Owner: Omaha Airport Authority

Additional Information: Commissioned 1986 by Omaha Airport Authority during an expansion of Eppley Airfield and purchased for $56,000.00. The piece was displayed in the north passenger terminal until 1995 when it was placed in storage during more airport renovation.


Firefighters Memorial (The Protector) , 2009

by Matthew J. Placzek

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; Lewis & Clark Landing 515 Riverfront Drive

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: This original bronze sculpture is a memorial to Omaha’s fallen firefighters. Each of the 55 men who lost their lives protecting the Omaha community is recognized with a bronze plaque located within the memorial. The monument commemorates the courageous acts and lives given in the line of duty. “The Protector” was donated by Firefighters Union 385.


Food Miles , May 2012

by MAKE Collaboration

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton St. Omaha NE

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential Two

Additional Information: MAKE Collaboration have focused their banner on the topic of local ‘food miles’ – a term becoming more and more common in conversation, referring to the distance food travels from production to consumer. Given the two banner topics: Lands Use, Food, Agriculture, and Transport(ation), this is an appropriate and poignant merging of them both. They began by asking the question: What is Omaha’s role in global, domestic and local transportation of goods, and more specifically food? Their findings were shocking, yet not surprising: goods that are part of a local movement are transported an average of 56 food miles before they reach their consumer while goods that are not, travel 1,494 food miles (96 percent farther than the former, 4 percent of the latter) (Cited via Checking the food odometer). In order to depict this phenomenon, MAKE utilizes a slice of Omaha from the 2005 Nebraska Land Use Map analysis, represented by circles, as the graphical backbone of their banner image. Only four percent of the circles are highlighted in color to graphically display this outrageous comparison. Simple and direct, this image is both stunningly beautiful and appropriately concerning about our local food system. In addition to addressing ‘food miles’, MAKE also sets an example of ‘bag miles’ with their image. Designed within the banner are tote bag cut-lines to guide the reuse of the banner for local bags. These bags will eventually make a statement by traveling 56 or less ‘bag miles’ to transport their goods.


Fountain of Erinnyesdiac

by Evas Aeppli

 

Mediums: Metal

Location: Downtown; 10th and Howard, Old Market Passageway downstairs

Owner: Garden of the Zodiac


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