One of the highlights of our trip to Omaha in April was discovering artist Vera Mercer. We stopped at The Boiler Room, a very cool restaurant in the Market District; I was instantly awed by the wall-sized still lifes. When I asked about the artwork, the manager encouraged me to take a full collection of the restaurant’s business cards, each one featuring a different Mercer photograph (the source of this collage).
Everything about the experience was inspiring – from the architecture and design of the subterranean bar to the delicious food and wine and the spellbinding art. All I can say is, seeing those photographs felt significant.
I’m behind on posting because we’ve been on a little road trip! Early Friday morning, Brad & I hit the road with the tree in tow and headed for Nebraska City.
I’m pleased to report that the tree is FINISHED (No pics till the public unveiling on April 20th…) and after months of planning, work, and no small amount of angst, we were ready for a sigh of relief and a little celebration.
April in Omaha offered us all the charm of spring and a chance to eat, drink, and be happy just being together. Cheers to that!
Thursday we picked up the trailer, took The Tree OUT of the garage and packed it snugly in a big wood crate. I breathed my first sigh of relief when the whole thing was wrapped in plastic wrap and locked away: done.
Yesterday was big. The 66″ x 29″ vinyl prints for my tree were finally finished and – WHEW! – they look great. Now there’s just the small matter of getting these giant stickers on the sculpture. This project is such an amazing opportunity but it’s also one of those great, challenging, slightly scary adventures that I just can’t wait to appreciate in the rear-view mirror…