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Nude Descending

by Les Bruning

 

Mediums: Metal

Location: Downtown; Located Wilson Tile, 2109 N. 24th behind the behind to the east

Owner: Leslie Bruning

Additional Information: An art referenced image to Duchamps Nude Descending the staircase


Oglala , 2010

by Matthew Farley

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

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

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential

Additional Information: Inspired by the Stored Potential project description reference to “reading the landscape,” public artist Matthew Farley immediately envisioned center-pivot irrigation circles. An aerial reminder of the grid system imposed over much of the United States by Thomas Jefferson’s 1785 National Land Survey, the pattern still provides the basic geometric order of the once unruly Great Plains. Using satellite imagery, Matthew has stitched together a “quilt” of parcels from the Nebraska landscape near the town of Ogallala so that the resulting arrangement of darkened crop circles emerge as Braille symbols. Coded within the crop circles is a reference to the Ogallala (High Plains) Aquifer, the precious resource stored below—perhaps the ultimate “stored potential.” The image’s pattern alludes to the originating word, “oglala” (lower case is used in the translation for visual purposes), meaning “to scatter one’s own.” The watery color palette offers a visual clue to this coded text—and certainly, the “circles of blue” are appropriate as well. The banner utilizes high-resolution satellite imagery courtesy of the United States Geological Survey that reveal details such as tractor tire marks, which form another layer of patterning reminiscent of quilting and an indication of deeper settlement: cultivation.


Omaha On My Mind , 2007

by Littleton Alston

 

Mediums: Metal, Fiberglass, Paint

Location: Downtown; Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Plaza, corner of 13th & Farnam Street

Owner: Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Donated by Mayor Mike Fahey. This sculpture depicts the artist’s self-portrait and is constructed from mild steel, resulting in an impressive work. Alston envisioned the winds of change blowing through a net, which creates the portrait and animates the space surrounding the entire sculpture. He uses the O! symbol as a pure shape and a continuum, with the painted clouds referencing limitless possibilities.


Omaha Police Memorial , 1994

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; 505 S. 15th St.

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: This monument represents the men and women of the Omaha Police Department and their families. Since 1887, this organization has served and protected our community in order that we may all live in a free and safe society. It is with respect and appreciation that the citizens of Omaha honor these dedicated people. “We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice made to protect our lives and freedoms.” The base is inscribed with names and dates of police officers killed in the line of duty.


Omaha Song , 2007

by Jamie Burmeister

 

Mediums: Fiberglass

Location: Downtown; Omaha Children’s Museum at 20th & St. Mary’s Avenue

Owner: Omaha Children's Museum

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Donated by Carol Gendler. Jamie Burmeister transformed this O! into an interactive sound sculpture by attaching tuned chimes and bars into an engaging visual arrangement. The chimes play by being struck by doorbell solenoids, which are controlled by a micro-controller, or small programmable computer. When the viewer sits on the chair within the O!, pieces of these songs about Omaha play "Omaha" (Fritze Al Carlson); "I Want to Grow with Growing Omaha"(Albert Adair); Omaha Blues(Big Joe Williams);"Omaha" (Counting Crows); "Omaha Stylee"(311);and "Omaha Flash" (Johnny Otis).


Omaha Underground , May 2012

by Geoff DeOld

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

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

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential Two

Additional Information: “Omaha Underground” imagines a mass transit alternative to the existing automobile dominated transportation infrastructure shaping much of the Omaha landscape, with an underground metro often found in larger metropolitan areas such as London, Beijing, or New York. The proposed layout of distinct subway lines mimics several of the existing transportation corridors servicing the Omaha area, with an emphasis on providing greater connectivity to the first and second rings of suburbs where existing mass transit opportunities are in greater need. Oriented east-west top to bottom with the Missouri River and Council Bluffs at the top of the map, the graphics are contorted, sublimating proportional accuracy for the sake of fitting the banner format and emphasizing Omaha’s east-west direction of growth. Although a subway system is somewhat of a fantastical transit dream for a city the size of Omaha, the notion addresses edges and peripheries and the WHOLE metro region as an interconnected system, as subways often do.


On The Wings of Angels , 2007

by Littleton Alston

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Downtown; Omaha/Douglas Civic Center, corner of 19th & Farnam Streets.

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: Dedicated on September 11, 2007. Project made possible Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, the City of Omaha, Mayor Mike Fahey and more than 300 individuals whose hands were cast in the creation of the sculpture. The molds were used to create cast bronze hands, of as many sizes and shapes as there were contributors. The bronze hands are integrated into the sixteen- foot tall stainless steel sculpture. The public sculpture is a tangible reminder of the 911 tragedy and the heartfelt response by the people of our region. The project budget, totaling approximately $55,000, was paid for by funds that were raised from corporate sponsors and private individuals. The expense total was kept to a minimum because of generous in-kind donations and substantial volunteer work by many individuals, including Alston, who donated nearly all of his services.


Passing By , May 2012

by Kimberly Glass

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

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

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential Two

Additional Information: “Passing By,” the banner submission by Omaha artist Kimberly Glass, uses latitude and longitude interwoven with dynamic horizontal lines; the former marks the particular point on the Earth’s surface where the grain elevator structure sits, and the lines imply the speed and movement past the structure that defines our interaction with it. “Passing By” references our city’s infrastructure and growth, and how we inhabitants and builders of place gather miles of progress under ourselves. As we “pass by” we are reminded that we are built upon Nebraska’s own history and identity rooted in its rich soil.


Pencil , 1982

by Mac Hornecker

 

Mediums: Metal

Location: Downtown; Next to the pedestrian bridge connecting Leahy Mall to Heartland of America Park at 8th & Douglas Streets

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The sculpture was originally owned by Ed and Mary Beth Fogarty and on site at their home in Omaha. When their house was sold the sculpture was given to the City of Omaha


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