The Search Tower is part of a series of art projects associated with the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center through the Healing Arts Program and the One Percent for Art Program, in which 1 percent of the cost of building is set aside for art.
Other major art projects include:
- The Chihuly Sanctuary by Dale Chihuly, one of the world's foremost artists working in glass.
- Leslie's Healing Garden, an outdoor, year-round garden made possible with a gift by Marshall and Mona Faith of Omaha. The Faiths' daughter, Leslie, died of cancer more than 60 years ago.
- A metal curtain wall on the outside of the building by Rob Ley of Los Angeles. Light and color will reflect off the metal curves.
- A large-scale painting for the cancer center lobby by Suzy Taekyung Kim of Brooklyn, N.Y. The painting will feature eight customized wood panels.
Gail Walling Yanney, M.D., a committee member of the Healing Arts Program at the Buffett Cancer Center, said it's anticipated that hundreds more original works of art will eventually round out the program -- all designed to provide patients, staff and visitors with inspiration, comfort and calm, while also creating an atmosphere that feels distinctly different from the traditional hospital setting.
The project was announced Wednesday at a news conference hosted in a gallery space provided by KANEKO in downtown Omaha.
Read the World-Herald's coverage of the project here.
Kaneko is calling the tower "Search." He began working on it in January. It will be located at the corner of 45th Street and Dewey Avenue.
The corner will be reconfigured to include a roundabout. The glass tower will be located in the middle of the roundabout. It will be placed on a pedestal made of black and white granite and surrounded by black and grey pavers in radiating concentric rings in the 36-foot wide roundabout around the tower and 16-foot wide truck skirt lane.
"It's a beautiful site. It fits perfectly," said Kaneko, who has done art projects around the world. "The cancer center is like a huge creative center. To be next to that kind of building, it's an honor. I really appreciate this opportunity. It's going to be in my hometown. I can't wait to see the piece up."
UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are thrilled to have Kaneko doing the project, said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
"We are really fortunate to have an iconic representative of the Omaha community doing a major art feature for the medical center," said Dr. Gold, who also chairs the Nebraska Medicine advisory board. "The glass tower will be widely appreciated by our students, faculty and staff as well as the whole community. It will be a beacon of light that will spread far and wide from our campus."
|Courtesy Jun Kaneko|
He noted that the tower will provide "a spectacular doorstep to the medical center" and will be visible for several blocks to the north on Saddle Creek Road as well as from the south and west.
What a beautiful piece!