An Enchanted Arboretum

In September, Nebraska City announced its premier public art project, An Enchanted Arboretum. Recently, Artists (emerging and established) attended meetings were held in Nebraska City and Lincoln. In addition to the Artist guidelines and application materials, a videotape of the meeting in Nebraska City is available (on for interested artists who were unable to attend. Nebraska City's concept is a stylized tree design, utilizing fiberglass combined with a polyurethane resin for an environmentally friendly, strong, long-lasting medium. There is a great deal of flexibility in regard to the medium chosen for the tree as it can be manipulated, painted with acrylics, and/or materials can be added according to the creative vision of the Artist. Icon Poly, located in Gibbon, Nebraska, is manufacturing the tree and has freely offered the Artists to contact them at (308) 468-9411 or with questions, before and during the creative process.

Artists submitting winning maquettes will receive their 6-foot tree in January at no cost, along with a material stipend; artists will subsequently receive a portion of the final auction price of their tree, with all completed trees finding their permanent homes in Nebraska City. Artists' work will be enjoyed not only by the 7200 citizens of Nebraska City, but also the tens of thousands of annual visitors to its renowned festivities, orchards, and area attractions.

According to Doug Farrar, Vice President of Arbor Day Farm, located in Nebraska City, "the exposure to the national and international leaders of some of the worlds best corporations and Foundations who hold conferences at Lied Lodge & Conference Center will provide a very sophisticated audience for these pieces of art." All finished pieces, along with inspirational statements, will be published in a book, available at the time of the auction.

Maquettes (small scale models) can be purchased for $7 each by contacting Liz Shea-McCoy, Project Coordinator, at (402)601-6113 or Maquettes can also be purchased directly from Liz in Lincoln or from Jenni Brant, Director Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410 or (402) 874-9600. Maquettes will be mailed to Artists by request (postage paid).


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