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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 11, 1974)
Life depicted in 1-80 sculptures
iweive sculptures depicting lite in
Nebraska will be set up along Interstate
80 during the next two years as part of
Nebraska's contribution o the bicen
tennial celebration, according to project
director Art Thompson.
The project, known as the Nebraska
Interstate 80 bicentennial Sculpture
Project, is to help America celebrate its
200th anniversary and also to work at
giving Nebraska a distinguished cultural
heritage, Thompson said.
"This is a statewide effort," he said.
"We want all Nebraskans to help and
become involved in this."
The sculptures, to be designed and
constructed by 12 separate artists yet to
be selected, will be set up in rest areas
aiortg Interstate 80, and will try to depict
the area where they are placed,
According to Thompson, to accom
plish this, the artists will take up
residence in the counties and observe
the land and the people they are to
depict. Thompson said he is pleased
with the areas chosen.
"I have seen all the sites where the
sculptures will be," he said. "Some are
more beautiful than others, but they art
The sites chosen are: Platte River,
York, Kearney, Grand Island, Blue
River, Brady, Cozad, Ogallala, Chapel,
Sidney, and Kimball.
Thompson began the job as directo
Sept. 16. Before that he worked six
years at the Nebraska Union, first as
program advisor, then as assistant
director for programs.
"I liked what I was doing and what I'd
done, but I wanted to look around too,"
As director, Thompson is responsible;
for sending out applications, letting
artists know if they have been selected,
raising money and mainly, according toj
Thompson, "making sure the sculptures'
are set up by July 4, 1976."
Thompson works through Sheldon Art
Gallery and says the University has
become involved in the project because
they provide his office space and also an
accounting system for the project.
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Interstate 80 bicentennial Sculpture Project,
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