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Chef Boyardee , 2011

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze

Owner: ConAgra

Additional Information: The task of bringing Chef Boyardee to life fell to Omaha sculptor John Lajba. Chef Boyardee isn't a cartoon or a corporate creation, Lajba said. “He was a human being.” Parents and grandparents might remember when the man himself appeared in most of the brand's television commercials. Hector Boiardi — he went by “Boy-ar-dee” because it was easier for Americans to pronounce — was a hotel chef and restaurateur before he opened a packaged Italian foods company in the 1920s. Boiardi died in 1985 at 87. ConAgra Foods acquired the company in 2000. Lajba used many photos of Boiardi for reference. “He was a man who had a lot of class and a lot of charm.”


Chuck Durham

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Mid-Town; UNMC Campus 42nd and Emile in the Durham Plaza. This plaza is on the east side of the campus between the Durham Research Center and the Research Center of Excellence 2

Owner: Univeristy of Nebraska Medical Center


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.


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.


Tribute to Caregivers , 2006

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze, Concrete

Location: Mid-Town; UNMC 42nd and Dewey 1/2 block to the west of 42 and Dewey, or east of the Hixson-Lied Center,

Owner: University of Nebraska Medical Center


Untitled , 1991

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze, Granite

Location: Downtown; In shopping mall at 33rd and L near the north end, in front of a beauty supply store.

Owner: Dial R.E.I.T

Additional Information: Commemorating the meat packing industry in South Omaha.


World War II 50th Anniversary Heartland Memorial , 1996

by John Lajba

 

Mediums: Bronze

Location: Downtown; Heartland of America Park, 8th & Farnam Streets

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: This memorial honors those Americans who left the security of their country and loved ones to protect the freedoms and human rights of all people. The memorial depicts the following four scenes: Returning Soldier with Children Rosie the Riveter Young Boy Gathering Scrap Metal Farm Family with Folded Flag Thousands of paving bricks line the walks at the memorial site. Bricks were donated at $25 each to help fund the memorial. Bricks are engraved with a name or message that remembers a loved one or friend, a fallen veteran, a memory of a special time or place. The final group of bricks was placed October 1998.


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