Late Night: We Built This City
I'm heading back to Omaha Friday where I'll be until after court ends Monday afternoon. This sculpture [larger version here] is my favorite of the many public art works there. It's a tribute to the workers in the labor unions that helped build Omaha and is the second largest labor memorial in the country.
Two hundred-fifty tons of cement and 39,000 pounds of steel were used to create a towering monument to union labor that overlooks the city of Omaha on the banks of the Missouri River. The $600,000 sculpture titled “Labor” features workers cast in bronze who represent the diverse legions of union laborers who helped build the riverfront city....The three-story sculpture anchors a riverfront park that includes a pedestrian walkway.
...“Since it’s beginning, Omaha has been a working person’s town,” said Terry Moore, president of the Omaha Federation of Labor. “This is a monument to their legacy.”
Along the pedestrian walkway are iron plaques, I counted more than 25 on my last visit, for each labor union that contributed to Omaha's great history. Since I was on my morning walk in a city I knew nothing about, I had my iPod, not my camera with me. This time I'll take both and try to post some pictures of the great parks and public art the city offers.
The song that keeps running through my head while writing this? The Jefferson Starship: We Built This City (On Rock and Roll)
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