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Near York in York County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures

 
 
Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2012
1. Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures Marker
Inscription.

The American Bicentennial was a time for pondering the past and speculating about the future. Nebraskans commissioned a series of modernistic sculptures for Interstate highway rest areas that would dramatize this meeting of past and future.

More than a hundred artists entered the competition, out of which eight were selected. Each artist was provided a place to work in a community near the rest area where the work was to be exhibited.

The project was, and still is, controversial. No one agrees on what each sculpture means. So much the better. In the spirit of American liberty, people are free to think, feel and talk about them as they like. Take time to see the unique sculptures as you drive through Nebraska.

1. "Arrival"
by Paul Von Ringelheim
(Blue River eastbound rest area)

2. "Crossing the Plains"
by Bradford Graves
(York westbound rest area)

3. "Memorial to the American Bandshell"
by Richard Field
(Platte River eastbound rest area)

4. "Nebraska Wind Sculpture"
by George Baker
(Kearny westbound rest area)

5. "Roadway Confluence"
by Hans Van de Bovenkanp
(Sidney westbound rest area)

6. "Up/Over"
by Linda Howard
(Ogallala westbound rest area)

7. "Nebraskan Gateway"
by Anthony Padovano
(Brady

Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures & Overland Trail Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2012
2. Nebraska's I-80 Bicentennial Sculptures & Overland Trail Markers
westbound rest area)

8. "Erma's Desire"
by John Raimondi
(Grand Island eastbound rest area)

Photos courtesy
Nebraska Department of Economic Development
 
Location. 40° 49.367′ N, 97° 33.425′ W. Marker is near York, Nebraska, in York County. Marker is on Interstate 80 at milepost 355.2, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: York I-80 Rest Area Westbound, York NE 68467, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moving People and Goods on the Overland Trail (here, next to this marker); Nebraska City-Fort Kearny Cut-Off (here, next to this marker); The Purple Heart (a few steps from this marker); Nebraska City Cut-Off of the Oregon Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); York County Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bradshaw (approx. 10.8 miles away); Fairmont Army Air Field (approx. 12.8 miles away); Fairmont Creamery Company (approx. 13.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in York.
 
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"Crossing the Plains" Bicentennial Sculpture Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2012
3. "Crossing the Plains" Bicentennial Sculpture Marker
"Crossing the Plains" Bicentennial Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 31, 2012
4. "Crossing the Plains" Bicentennial Sculpture
Not listed on Bicentennial Sculptures marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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