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Stile di Famiglia (Family Style) , 2010

by Jake Balcom

 

Mediums: Stainless Steel

Location: Downtown; 1115 S. 7th St.

Owner: The Towns of Little Italy Homeowners Association

Additional Information: The sculpture was funded by a donation from Bluestone Development and their developer partner, the Caniglia Family. It was commissioned by The Homeowners Association of the Towns of Little Italy through a design competition. Residents initiated a call for entries, based upon a vision to commemorate the unique history of the neighborhood, one of the city's oldest. Residents selected the artist, Jake Balcom, from among entries and worked in committee to select a site and refine an appropriate sculpture. Balcom came up with an installation that is distinctly Italian. In fact, several Italian family restaurants (such as Caniglia's) formerly defined the social life of the neighborhood. Balcom has represented the feel for The Towns' neighborhood at 7th and Pierce, which seemed very fun, friendly, and close to each other, much like a family. Balcom kept coming back to the idea of a big Italian family sitting around a table eating dinner, everyone talking about their life or how their week went, laughing and enjoying the company. ”With this in mind I went down to one of our local Italian restaurants for some research/inspiration and as I was eating my favorite pasta dish there I looked down and caught myself twirling my pasta around my fork and instantly knew that this would make a fun and dynamic sculpture that would represent both the Italian heritage and the playfulness of the neighborhood as well as pay homage to the Italian restaurant that used to occupy the lot. As for the name, I finally decided on 'Stile di Famiglia' or 'Family Style' which is in reference to a restaurant serving style where food is served to guests in the same way you would at a big family dinner. I feel it represents the vibe of both the neighborhood and sculpture wonderfully and gives a nice nod to the Italian heritage in both the language and meaning”. In 2011, homeowners funded illumination of the piece.


Suffolk War Horse , 2007

by Kenneth Adkins

 

Mediums: Fiberglass

Location: Downtown; The Florence Mill, I-680 & 30th Street

Owner: Linda Meigs

Series: O! Public Art Project

Additional Information: Kenneth Adkins reflects upon his upbringing on a nearby farm, as well as Omaha’s proud agricultural and western heritage, and the war in Iraq by creating a mixed-media sculpture inspired by the Suffolk horse, a heavy draft horse typically employed in farming. In addition to being used for work, sport, consumer products and military operations, the horse also serves as a prominent figure in religion, mythology and art. “Suffolk War Horse” ties together all these meanings and provides a metaphor for the price of war.


Sullivan's Passage , 1980

by George Trakas

 

Mediums: Steel, Granite

Location: Downtown; In front of the Omaha Opportunities Industrial Center (OOIC) Building 2724 N. 24th St.

Owner: Omaha Opportunities and Industrialization Center


Swear to Protect (CASA) , unknown

by Gerard Pefung; Rachele Johnson; Enrique Najar; Michael Gray

 

Mediums: Mural, Aerosol

Location: Downtown; 2408 St. Mary's Ave.

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. Mentor: Gerard Pefung Young Artists: Enrique Najar, Michael Gray, Rachele Johnson


The Battery , 2010

by Shaun Smakal

 

Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton Street Omaha NE

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential

Additional Information: Designed by landscape designer and urban planner, Shaun Smakal was the only submission out of 150 to embrace the crucial global topic of energy. During Smakal’s background research for his entry, he accidentally discovered that a silo is the exact proportion of a AA battery, and their past use as grain storage certainly represents enormous quantities of energy storage. The image as a whole, represents a battery, and each subsequent spectrum of color a battery itself and a graphic image of sixteen potential energy resources as identified by Scientific American, in order of increasingly irreversible impact on our larger landscape. The graphic images visually highlight the energy resource itself, with an emphasis on how it exists in the landscape or its raw form, and the colors reference both a natural rainbow and the Dept. of Homeland Security’s National Terror Alert System.


The Color of Light , 2010

 

Mediums: Steel

Location: Downtown; 12th & Leavenworth

Owner: Bluestone Development

Additional Information: "The Color of Light" is a sculpture that uses reflected light to expose the seen and unseen realm in which we live. It captures the essence of community and interaction by drawing our eyes upward. It examines the nature of light and illumination by using light's primary colors: red, green, and blue. Combined, these colors exchange their uniqueness for illumination and energy. Separated, they function as primary components that bring the intangible nature of light into a tangible world of color. This contemporary form mimics the dynamic tension of a kite reaching upward as it flies on gusts of wind. As the sun shines through and illuminates the transparent pieces of glass, it creates a mosaic of reflected squares of color blanketing the earth below.


The Eagle

by Louis Saint-Gaudens

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; Kutak Rock Law Firm 1650 Farnam

Owner: Kutak Rock Law Firm

Series: Part of the Nebraska Wildlife Series


The Picnic Table , 2011

by Michael Beitz

 

Mediums: Wood, Paint

Location: Downtown; NW Corner 12th & Leavenworth - Bemis dock

Owner: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts


The Road to Omaha , 1999

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; TD Ameritrade Stadium 1200 Mike Fahey Street

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The Road to Omaha sculpture, standing in front of Rosenblatt, was a gift to the City of Omaha and Series fans from College World Series of Omaha, Inc., the local organizing committee. The "Road to Omaha" sculpted in 1999 by Omaha artist John Lajba, serves as a permanent testimonial to the enduring sports tradition. The sculpture is a rallying point for fans and teams alike.


The Trial of Standing Bear , 1988

by Unknown

 

Mediums: Bronze, Stone

Location: Downtown, Metropolitan Community College; Northeast side of the Parade Ground near the flag pole at the Fort Omaha Campus (north 30th and Fort Streets)

Owner: Metropolitain Community College

Additional Information: The plaque was presented by the Fletcher Family and sponsored by the Federation of the Unknown Indian.


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