Amid the first blast of winter, Lighthouse unveiled the first of its 6-foot-tall artistic light bulbs at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday.

“Incandescent Flight,” created by Gina Egenberger and sponsored by Dr. Gene and Kristen Stohs, was the first piece to be unveiled in the public art project celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lighthouse, a community-based after-school program.

To date, 28 Illuminating Lincoln proposals have found sponsors.

Liz Shea-McCoy is project director and the inspiration for the light bulb theme. The light bulb is an icon of illumination, Shea-McCoy said. The project's light bulbs, measuring 6 feet tall and 37 inches wide and secured atop a 24-inch-tall base, are made of fiberglass with a polyurethane resin. The pieces were manufactured by Icon Poly in Gibbon.

Lighthouse issued a statewide “Call to Nebraska Artists,” inviting them to submit proposals. In all, Lighthouse received 70 artists’ proposals, with 65 selected for potential sponsorship.

Peter Allman, Lighthouse founder and board president, said he hopes to secure at least 22 more sponsorships, allowing 50 art pieces to be placed throughout the city.

Cost of a sponsorship is $3,000 and is a tax-deductible donation.

Illuminating Lincoln pieces will be on display from May through September of next year, and then sold at public auction in October 2015. Two-thirds of the proceeds will go to Lighthouse to fund its academic support, educational workshops, recreational activities and evening meals for young people. One-third of the bid price will go to the individual artists.

Egenberger’s piece features more than 10,000 pieces of glass as a hot air balloon. The piece is symbolic of our ability to rise above daily minutiae and discover limitless possibilities, Egenberger said. By using reflective glass, Egenberger said her hope is that we look back to the generations which have provided us with a solid foundation for future innovation.

For more information or to sponsor a piece, visit lincolnlighthouse.org or call 402-430-5923.

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

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