A last farewell to the Tillotson terminal elevator art works on Vinton Street

DSC_0372Story and photos by Kristen Cart

In the last weeks, the unique art project along I-80 in Omaha, Neb., came down as the Vinton Street display was concluded. The Tillotson Construction elevator stands now as it always did, plain and utilitarian, while still graceful in its own way.

As the Vinton Street banners first went up in the two phases of Emerging Terrain’s Stored Potential, first in 2010 and then in 2012, I had the opportunity to visit and photograph them. They had not weathered harsh winters and hard sunlight yet, and were as bright as the artists’ fresh paint.

Here are a few images, as a last tribute to this unique community art project.

The beauty of this project speaks for itself. The elevator now stands denuded of its decoration, yet poised for the next phase of its long and useful life.

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2 comments on “A last farewell to the Tillotson terminal elevator art works on Vinton Street

  1. That’s an interesting article on this over on Emerging Terrain, especially the names of each banner.

  2. Mustang.Koji says:

    Help this city slicker out… When you say banners, that’s what they were meaning somebody had to get to the top, LEAN over the edge and then unfurl them? These were not painted? Egads, you will never see me more than four ladder steps off the ground!

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