During the past few months, many hearts can be found across Lincoln. This is fun project is connecting people around the Capital City with different ways to interpret Nebraska. With so many different sculptures, the fact that this will be Nebraska by Heart Art: Volume One is not surprising. This official description of “Nebraska by Heart” is found on the Sesquicentennial website.
“Nebraska By Heart” is a Public Art Project which will offer a magical and exciting way to celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial! This innovative Project will be advertised as a not-to-be missed component of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. It will be a destination for millions of Nebraska, national and international visitors to view and appreciate the outdoor Gallery offered by Centennial Mall to enjoy and appreciate 93 imaginatively designed Hearts, representing Nebraska’s 93 counties and created by talented Nebraska Artists.
Although I have enjoyed looking at the hearts, I was final able to stop and take pictures. One of my high school classmates has been visiting from Texas. We enjoyed driving around East Campus to see some of the hearts. I will actually be telling you more about her in my next post.
To give you a bit of background on the meaning of the projects, I have quoted part of the descriptions. The full text on each project can be found if you click on name link. This Nebraska by Heart Art: Volume One will feature six of the hearts.
This fist heart art was created by Bri Murphy and Kately Fanneth. Not surprisingly, the Nebraska Heart Institute is the patron of this project.
With their ability to create a highly realistic heart they believe fellow Nebraskans will feel an internal connection to the work and the artists. The heart after all, is the driving force of the body as artists are the innovating force of society.
This second heart art was created by Janell McKain. She wants to capture the epitome of the stories that continue to live on.
The application of human faces (souls) to the sculpture inscribes the River of Life and reminds us of the pioneers and Native Americans who lived, farmed and settled in Nebraska. Though physical no longer with us, their souls remain in a state of grace and their heritage lends a spiritual connection to the heart shape.
This third heart art was created by Paula Yoachim. On the edge of the Nebraska Arboretum is where you can find this heart. In the middle of the beautiful landscape, this heart magnifies the beauty of nature.
The inspiration for this design comes from the beauty of nature. I selected Nebraska’s state bird the meadowlark and wildflowers native to Nebraska.
This fourth heart art has been created by student, Emilie Alles. She is wanting to celebrate the value of education. Fittingly, this strawberry sculpture is located near the UNL East Campus Food Industry Complex building.
I’ve been inspired to use this public art project as a way to raise money for a trip to Washington DC this summer, an educational trip put together by the school system. It would be “So Sweet” to use this big art project to help me get to that great opportunity.
This fifth Nebraska heart art celebrates Solomon Butcher. This iconic figure captured many iconic images of pioneers in Custer County. Visiting the Custer County Historical Society Museum provides a wonderful view of his photographs. The artists, Roberta Barnes, Teresa Haney & Paul Loomer, did research to determine what images to use in their painting. This art was done on behalf of the Wild Rose Gallery in Broken Bow.
Solomon Butcher is a prominent figure in the history of Custer County. His dream was to record, through his photography, the life of the early homesteaders in the late 1800’s. Now, a century later, his images give us an insight into the struggles, accomplishments, hopes and dreams of the settlers.
This sixth Nebraska heart art was created by Courtney Porto. Fittingly, you will find this sculpture in front of the Etymology Building on the UNL East Campus. Although possibly hard to tell, her Nebraska base was painted using a honeycomb pattern.
Not many are aware of Nebraska’s state insect, the Honeybee. This piece gives tribute to the Honeybee, while playing with its shape to mimic the heart.
I definitely have never noticed that a honeybee is heart shaped. See, you can learn new facts every day! I hope you have enjoyed seeing Nebraska by Heart Art: Volume One. With over 83 completed hearts, I will have many more heartfelt posts to come. Until then, you can follow Nebraska by Heart on Facebook.