As the weather continues to evolve into something truly pleasant, it’s time for a stroll at The Mall. No silly, I don’t mean the kind of mall where you can buy hot dogs on sticks and spend far too much money on a shirt you will probably never wear. I mean the Gene Leahy Mall in Downtown Omaha, which is home to numerous sculptures in addition to some pretty spectacular landscapes for being smack in the middle of the city.
Here is a small sampling of the art you will encounter while wandering through The Mall:
- Paul Konchagulian’s aha-Mo, which looks a lot like a blue giant coming out of the ground to welcome you with a great jazz hands rendition.
- Jamie Burmeister’s By the Bucket Full, which started out as an exhibition in the 2004 Omaha Summer Arts Festival, but now calls The Mall home.
- Tom Sitzman’s Shadow Box, which cleverly utilizes shadows to change the sculpture from one hour to the next.
One of the most fantastic displays at The Mall are the arches that were originally from an 1887 Omaha bank building. The arches stand in stark contrast to the contemporary art peppered throughout The Mall, and are a great reminder of Omaha’s past.
Ready to visit? Here is the address if you’re like me and like GPS to tell you how to get everywhere you want to go: 1302 Farnum.
If you have ample time set aside for your visit to The Mall, consider also heading into the Old Market to check out one of the many art galleries. Visit the Old Market’s official website for more information about the arts and entertainment available throughout the year.