Les Bruning Sculpture Finds a New Home

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Homage to David Smith, a sculpture by Les Bruning, has been installed at South Omaha Campus.

The newest addition to South Omaha Campus – a 15-foot-high, orange steel sculpture by Omaha artist Les Bruning – pays tribute to a welder’s craft. Part of MCC’s effort to add public art to its campuses and centers, the structure is large enough to enter and examine the icons that are an homage to the American welded sculpture artist David Smith.

The sculpture was given to MCC as an in-kind donation from the Nebraska Arts Council. First exhibited at the Pier Walk in Chicago in 1998, the sculpture was then placed on the grounds of Joslyn Castle at the Nebraska Arts Council offices and later on the Gene Leahy Mall. However, the piece was a frequent target of graffiti on the Mall, and a better location was needed. “MCC’s South Omaha Campus is the perfect spot to showcase the piece,” said Suzanne Wise, Nebraska Arts Council Director.

Fittingly, the sculpture is located in front of MCC’s Industrial Training Center, where multiple welding classes are held. MCC welding students assisted Bruning in the installation of the sculpture.

MCC supports public art as a way to enhance learning environments and promote creative learning experiences. Recent public art efforts have included the installation of two table sculptures from American studio glass artist Therman Statom and the buffalo robe project, made possible through a buffalo hide gift from Lakota traditional artist Steve Tamayo.

Story provided by Metropolitan Community College; photo credit: Thomas Grady.

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