RFQ: Children’s Garden, outdoor sculpture / Calls & Submissions

October 31, 2022

Organization Name: Lauritzen Gardens

Organization Location: Omaha, NE

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: 10


Project Description

Omaha’s Lauritzen Gardens is uniquely positioned as the region’s premier botanical center and garden resource. Centrally located in the heart of the United States and situated on 100 acres of lush grounds, the garden exemplifies visionary efforts to provide a quiet, tranquil and serene setting for the study, preservation, and enjoyment of some of the region’s most precious resources and flora.

Site Description

Lauritzen Gardens is creating a new space dedicated to children and those young at heart with several areas to learn and play. This Artwork will be featured in the Discovery Overlook, which has tremendously scenic views of the Missouri River. The river’s flowing waters will carry through different design elements such as waves in the pavement and knee wall.

The space itself is the high-point of the Children’s Garden, and is approx. 35’x 20’ in dimension. The main pathway ascends up from the Gathering Plaza and enters the main space of the overlook. There is a pathway that wraps around and descends to lead visitors to the Artifact Hills space. Along the descent there are ‘otter slides’ that kids can use to slide down and then climb back up on. This space will feature telescopes towards the river, a science station, and plants discovered by Lewis and Clark.

Artwork Description

Since this site is located on a hill, this sculpture has the potential to be visible from Interstate 80, especially if the artwork has some vertical presence. The Committee is interested in the sculpture interacting with wind to create sound, or possibly even for guests to interact with the sculpture to create sound. The sculpture should be designed in a way that is safe for visitors to be near and interact with it. The goal for this artwork is to be both eye-catching and inviting, and to encourage people to linger and use the space. Therefore, the artwork should be interesting to view both at a distance and close-up. The Lauritzen has artworks throughout the gardens and often works with local artists for special temporary exhibitions.


Opportunity Website

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