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Yes, you are seeing giant lightbulbs all around Lincoln.

In fact, there ultimately will be 51 lightbulb sculptures, all in honor of the 25th anniversary of Lighthouse, an after-school program for middle- and high-school students that provides academic assistance, mentoring, meals and a safe place to avoid temptations of trouble, alcohol and drugs.

The public art project -- Illuminating Lincoln: Lighthouse -- is designed to bring awareness to the importance of after-school programming. Artists were invited to submit up to three proposals each featuring their designs and thoughts for the 6-foot-tall lightbulbs made out of a fiberglass resin by Icon Poly in Gibbon.

The project is entirely funded through patron sponsorships, and Lighthouse staff and students provided much of the labor for the installation of the pieces.

The artwork will remain on display through September. The pieces will be sold at auction in the fall, with two-thirds of the proceeds going to Lighthouse, and the other third given to the artists.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7217 or eandersen@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSerinandersen.

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