Meg Saligman, the artist who created Fertile Ground, and assisting artists return to Omaha July 2017 to restore the mural, bringing this iconic public art project back to its original vibrancy. The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts managed all aspects of planning and execution of Fertile Ground and continues to maintain responsibility for maintenance of the completed mural. The Peter Kiewit Foundation is funding the restoration of the cultural monument located on the east and north walls of the NRG building at 13th and Mike Fahey Street.
“We are grateful for the Peter Kiewit Foundation’s partnership and financial commitment to maintaining the integrity and longevity of Fertile Ground,” said Chris Cook, executive director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
The restoration is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2017.
Fertile Ground tells the story of Omaha’s past, present, and future. At 32,500 sq ft, the mural is the largest public art project in Omaha’s history and the largest single-funded mural in the nation. Completed in June 2009, the project was funded entirely by the PeterKiewit Foundation as a gift to the people of Nebraska and the city of Omaha.