Metal Paper Airplane

Artwork by Shannon Hansen, shown here in an illustration, will be installed on the northwest corner of West Adams and Northwest 12th streets, where Lincolnites turn to go into the airport entrance.

A giant paper airplane soon will be flying at a major intersection near the Lincoln Airport.

The $100,000 metal sculpture, called Pitch, Roll & Yaw, was created by Lincoln artist Shannon Hansen and funded through a private donation from Duncan Aviation.

The sculpture, 32 1/2 feet long, 20 feet wide and 5 1/2 feet tall, was created from formed and fabricated steel that is painted with a polyurethane matte clear coat, according to information provided by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Rivers Metal Products, a Lincoln firm, manufactured the sculpture and it is currently being painted at Duncan Aviation, said Nicole Fleck-Tooze, with the Parks and Recreation Department. The sculpture is expected to be installed in early June on the northwest corner of the West Adams and Northwest 12th Street intersection.

That is the intersection where you turn west to head to the airport.

Hansen, who studied welding, metallurgy and nondestructive testing in college, got his sculpting start with the “Tour de Lincoln” bike sculpture project, where one of his maquettes was selected and commissioned.

He also sculpted Discover, a curved piece with a rectangular window that frames the Capitol from its spot in Union Plaza.

Hansen says he is “especially fascinated by the geometry of form and how form interacts in a defined space."

“I spend hours looking at the relationships of positive and negative space and the contrast and conflicts created in that space,” he says in a description of his artwork.

The airport intersection was identified as a place for artwork in the master plan for beautifying the Cornhusker Highway entryway to the city.

The sculpture was commissioned by the city and will be owned by the city with funding provided by Duncan Aviation, a family-owned Lincoln-based maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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