Vinton Street Public Art Installed
January 11, 2017
Late in December, Paul Konchagulian‘s Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon were installed along Vinton Street‘s art and business corridor. Here is a link to the Omaha World-Herald’s article on the installation of the pieces. Prairie Sun is located at 15th and Vinton, and Prairie Moon is at 20th and Vinton. A lot is happening in the Vinton area, and these sculptures continue Vinton Street’s growth and improvement.
The artist envisioned Prairie Sun in the east to signify the dawn, a beginning. Prairie Moon signifies the potential of Vinton Street and its future. The two sculptures bracket the Vinton Street art district signaling to the visitor that they are entering a vibrant and growing corridor in South Omaha.
Each sculpture is approximately 10 feet tall and 4 feet across and was fabricated from 12 gauge mild steel by hand by Paul Konchagulian.
Konchagulian’s sculptures were selected after a national request for proposals. 23 proposals were submitted, and Prairie Sun and Prairie Moon were chosen after neighborhood businesses and a selection committee discussed and ranked each proposal. These pieces are now part of the City of Omaha’s public art collection.
The project was a partnership between the Omaha Public Art Commission, the Omaha Planning and Public Works Departments, and Omaha by Design.
We want to give a special thank you to Edward Dantzler, Construction and Rehabilitation Manager for the City of Omaha Planning Department’s Housing and Community Development Division, for preparing such beautiful mounts for the sculptures on very short notice.
Thank you to all of the community members who came out to vote on proposals, the Omaha Public Art Commission, the Vinton Street Public Art Selection Committee, and the City of Omaha for making this process possible. We hope this is the first of many projects like this.