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Two new sculptures being loaned to Lincoln for its parks
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Two new sculptures being loaned to Lincoln for its parks

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Lincoln is getting two new sculptures to be added to the more than 100 pieces of art on city-owned land, thanks to a loan program and the help of local art patrons. 

Dementia will be exhibited in Holmes Park later this spring and Bop and Crazed will be placed in Antelope Park, in the center of a new traffic circle, in the fall or next spring.

The sculptures, large, folded-metal pieces, are among several loaned pieces from sculptor Charles Ginnever, said Lynn Johnson, Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department director.

Robert and Karen Duncan of Lincoln were instrumental in setting up the loan with Ginnever, Johnson said.  

Ginnever, who began working in art in 1953, is an important figure in 20th century American sculpture, according to George Neubert, former director of the Sheldon Museum of Art and a sculpture expert and consultant.

“He was part of the pack of American large-scale sculptors in the ’60s and ’70s who began placing their work in public areas," Neubert said. 

That group included Mark di Suvero and Richard Serra, American steel sculptors, he said.

Dementia is about 13 feet long and 8 feet tall, and Bop and Crazed are each about 5 feet by 30 inches, said Johnson. 

Bop and Crazed are the same piece, but each is oriented differently, Johnson said. The two are also different from much of Ginnever’s work because they're painted.

Ginnever brought a geometric element to his work and an optical illusion, Neubert said. "It takes on a kind of origami paper-sense the way it is folded and creates its illusion." 

The Sheldon Museum of Art has Ginnever's 1985 piece, titled Shift, in the sculpture garden, where it joins the work by di Suvero and Serra, said Neubert. 

The pieces will be on loan indefinitely and will be available for purchase by the city for $225,000 apiece, or by other groups, based on the contract with the city.

Lincoln is able to bring in some high-quality art pieces through the loan program, Johnson said.

This is Lincoln's third set of loaned sculpture pieces.

Five granite abstract sculptures by Jim Huntington of Coupland, Texas, were displayed for a year in Densmore Park. Neubert was instrumental in arranging for that loan.  

All five sculptures were purchased by Lincoln patrons and two were donated to the city and will be placed on the east corners of 11th and G streets. 

The vase of flowers in the 14th and Superior streets roundabout is a long-term donation from the Duncans, Johnson said. 

Reach the writer at 402-473-7250 or nhicks@journalstar.com

On Twitter @LJSNancyHicks. Reporter L. Kent Wolgamott contributed to this story.

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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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