Nebraska Wind Sculpture
Posted by: NevaP
N 40° 40.276 W 099° 07.379
14T E 489605 N 4502272
Quick Description: This in one of eight sculptures placed in I-80 rest areas in 1976.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 3/28/2007 12:26:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM1BVM
In 1976, as part of the bicentennial celebration, ten abstract sculptures were commissioned to be placed in rest areas along I-80. The project is known as Nebraska's 500 Mile Sculpture Garden. Due to funding problems two of the sculptures were never completed The abstract nature of the pieces was controversial but the eight completed works have become a well loved part of the Nebraska landscape.
Nebraska Wind Sculpture, by George Baker, is a floating stainless steel construction anchored in a small lake. It's a kinetic sculpture and the individual panels and elements move slowly in response to wind currents.
George Baker, 1931-1997, was Professor of Fine Arts at occidental College in Los Angeles. Photos of more of his works and a brief biography can be found at (visit link
More information about the Bicentennial sculpture project, this sculpture and the others, can be found at Sheldon Art Gallery's website. (visit link