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Time Capsules , 2003

by Jim and Herman Moser


Mediums: Steel

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

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Wind & Water Exhibition

Additional Information: The cattail, a quintessential symbol and survivor of the plains, is the essence of wind and water. Its form has an evolved, aesthetic beauty that serves as a container for complex and diverse information. The artists seem them as historical scrapbooks in capsule form.

Totem , 2004

by Catherine Ferguson


Mediums: Steel

Location: Downtown; W. Dale Clark Library 215 S. 15th St.

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: Totem pays homage to the prehistoric people of central North America who facilitated their economic, social and religious community life by building massive earthen sculptures. The animals shapes depicted in Totem are recorded in the Iowa Effigy Mound Manifestation: An Interpretive Model by R. Clark Mallam, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologis; circa 1976. The effigy mounds were earthen representations of mammals, reptiles, birds and geometric forms along the Upper Mississippi River built by hunting and gathering people prior to 1300 A.D. While carefully replicating the ancient shapes of the earth effigy mounds, the contemporary Totem was fabricated of aluminum with the aid of computers and the calculations of engineers. Totem was commissioned by the Omaha Public Art Commission with funds donated by the J. Doe Project.

Totem Pole , 1977

by Harlan Skeers


Mediums: Wood

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: Retired postal worker, Harlan Skeers, created this totem pole from a cottonwood log and gifted it to the Florence Library. The top of the totem depicts and eagle, then a Native American, then a pioneer and then a little girl reading a book. Skeers says he left the bottom 6 feet of the totem pole plain "for people to carve their own images".

Tower of Light , 1993

by Don Carter


Mediums: Mixed Media

Location: West; Cancer Survivors Park - 105th and Pacific

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The Omaha Cancer Survivor’s Park was the second of 24 similar parks to be donated to cities throughout the U. S. and Canada by Richard and Annette Bloch.

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).

Tree of Life , 2007

by David Dahlquist


Mediums: Metal, LED Lights, Paint

Location: Downtown; Southeast corner of 24th and L

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: With respect to the Tree and the meaning or symbolism to the medallions, in brief, there are seven images that repeat at different sizes. The images represent themes which are cross-cultural and shared in the design motifs found in artwork and architecture of the four ethnicities (Czech, Polish, Croation, and Mexican) historically associated with South Omaha.

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.

Velocity , 2009

by Les Bruning


Mediums: Mural

Location: Mid-Town; Dewey Park - 550 Turner Blvd.

Owner: City of Omaha

Additional Information: The mural was commissioned by the Leavenworth Neighborhood Association with funding from the Mayor’s Neighborhood Improvement Grant and Mutual of Omaha Foundation. A section committee, made up of representatives from the association, the Omaha Public Art Commission and Omaha Parks & Recreation, chose the Bruning design after reviewing 21 submissions. The association presented the mural to the City of Omaha on June 1, 2009.

Visionary Launch Into the Horizontal World , 2004

by Susan Knight


Mediums: Ceramic, Stainless Steel

Location: Downtown; 300 Riverfront Drive

Owner: City of Omaha

Series: Lewis & Clark Icon Sculpture Project

Additional Information: “Visionary Launch into the Horizontal World” is one of nine Lewis & Clark Icon Sculptures located in Nebraska and Iowa along the Missouri River. The sculptures feature artistic interpretations of the Corps of Discovery Expedition to explain the River’s story and existing culture of this area.

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