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Serving Hands sculptures

Steel and bronze artists, who will not be using the 6-foot, fiber-reinforced plastic “hands” sculptures pictured above for the Serving Hands public art project, are invited to replicate the specifications of the sculpture and add their own individual creativity to the design. 

The Serving Hands: Celebrating 50 Years of Campus Life public art project detailed in a previous Neighborhood Extra has added guidelines to include steel and bronze sculptures.

"Steel and bronze artists, who will not be using the fiber-reinforced plastic 'hands' sculptures, are invited to replicate the specifications of the sculpture and add their own individual creativity to the design," said Liz Shea-McCoy, project director. A $1,700 stipend will be provided to purchase the steel and/or bronze materials for these artists, she said.

Artists whose proposals are sponsored and who will be using the “hands” created by Icon Poly will receive a $500 stipend for each sponsored proposal, plus one-third of their sculpture’s proceeds from a September 2019 public auction.

Artists incorporating three-dimensional elements or those creating their design with steel or bronze are welcome to submit a 3-D model or maquette, Shea-McCoy said.

About fiber-reinforced plastic

Artists using the sculptures manufactured by Icon Poly will find the fiber-reinforced plastic material easier to work with than traditional polyester-based fiberglass, Shea-McCoy said.

"That's important for those who are considering altering and/or attaching elements to the basic 'hands' design," she said. "The material can be sanded, drilled, cut or carved with everyday common tools available at local hardware and home stores, and can be manipulated without producing toxic fumes, odors or residue that can irritate the skin."

The sculptures are formulated to accept almost any adhesives or sculpture compound. And although acrylic paints are recommended, experienced artists who wish to use another preferred medium will find that the sculptures will accept any formula of paint with proper preparation, Shea-McCoy said.

Direct questions to Shea-McCoy at 402-430-5923 or liz_shea@windstream.net. Visit servinghandslincoln.org for general information, the artist application and a line drawing of the "hands” for proposals.

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