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b3nch , 2010

by Brian Kelly; Andrea Kelly


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 ATOMdesign, InfraStructure, KSI Construction, Bender Ornamental and Hunter Painting. The intent was to design a bench that would reflect the energy and dynamics of Downtown Omaha and the Gene Leahy Mall. The operations of folding and cutting plate steel emerged into a series of localized contextual responses. The base of the bench, poised as if ready to jump, gestures toward a machine aesthetic. The seat itself, fabricated from one sheet of plate steel, is cut and folded to create intimate places for conversation and interaction. The entire bench is 3/8” welded, painted plate steel with a center beam support which is 2”x4” painted tube steel. The unit is finished with Sherwin Williams clear anti-graffiti coating.

concreAte synergies , 2010

by Brian Kelly


Mediums: Mural, Mixed Media

Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton Street, Omaha, 68105

Owner: Emerging Terrain

Series: Stored Potential

Additional Information: Brian Kelly, an Omaha architect and educator approached his submission as a prime opportunity for initiating dialogue about the issues affecting the population both locally and globally. Rather than attempting to resolve an architectural design problem, he is interested in encouraging an exchange of ideas about the possible reuse of agricultural and industrial relics such as these, and the catalytic change that urban infill can generate. His idea seeks to simultaneously celebrate the silo’s history and suggest a rejuvenation of the edifice that points to a synergetic contemporary culture and its lifestyles. As an architect, educator, and amateur photographer, Brian has a deep fascination with the power of the image and the ability of Montage Theory to create, as Sergei Eisnstein called it, “tertium quid” or third thing. This theory suggests that the assemblage of various, unrelated sequences in a film may be combined to produce a situation where the sum is greater than its parts. In concre(A)te synergies, a series of images of unrelated building components were assembled to create a visual alluding to something outside itself.

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