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For the first time as part of a public art exhibition in Lincoln, the Serving Hands project includes a smaller traveling display.

The “little treasures,” which are life-sized hands compared to the 6-foot sculptures placed around town, have been very popular, said project director Liz Shea-McCoy. 

The traveling exhibition of 12 hands will be displayed in seven venues around Lincoln. It’s at Bryan West Campus, 2300 S. 16th St., beginning Monday through July 8, when it will move to the state Capitol. It will also be shown at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.

The entire project is sponsored by Campus Life, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The goal was 50 sculptures of hands, which represent the Campus Life mission to assist and offer grace and hope to young people in Lincoln and the surrounding area.

Patrons were asked to contribute $5,000 to finance the manufacture of the 3D sculptures and provide a $500 artist stipend and pay for artist supplies. Thirty-nine sculptures were sponsored, so to surpass the goal of 50 an additional 12 small-scale models were created, Shea-McCoy said.

Like the larger sculptures, the smaller ones will be auctioned individually. Bidding for the smaller sculptures begins on Oct. 24 as part of a silent auction and event at Pinnacle Bank Arena, where many of the artists will gather to talk about their artistic process and the inspiration for their sculpture’s design before the live auction of the larger sculptures on Oct. 25.

The Oct. 24 event will include activities for families and a book about the project will be for sale.

Project brochures, which include a map of all the sculpture locations, including where to find the small sculpture exhibit, are available at the Visitors Center at Lincoln Station, 201 N. Seventh St., or at UNL’s Dairy Store on East Campus. The listing was also included in the June 2 Lincoln Journal Star.

For more details, visit servinghandslincoln.org, or contact Shea-McCoy at 402-430-5923 or liz_shea@windsteam.net.

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Assistant city editor

Shelly Kulhanek is assistant city editor.

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