A public art commission by Art Omaha in memory of Roberta
Rogers. Ten Omaha trees are depicted in a dynamic configuration of
bold, free-standing sculptural fabric prints. Visual artist Florence Neal
enriches the Omaha Public Library's role as an important site for the
presentation of visual art in conjunction with literature by presenting
library visitors with her "different forest", a virtual arboretum
where readers can pause and reflect on the connection between images and
The twenty text segments are drawn from a novel
and two collections of short stories by Wendy Walker, The Secret Service,
Stories Out of Omarie, and The Sea Rabbit (Sun & Moon Press).The
text suffuses each tree print with an additional layer of meaning whose
leaflike unfolding seduces the observer into undertaking a journey through
an artistic forest of images and words, metaphors and images.
The ten banners were exhibited as a group for one
month at the W. Dale Clark Library. The banners then become part of the
Library's public art collection, circulating in groups of three among
the nine branch libraries and the main library, permitting readers to
experience "... a different forest" in their own neighborhoods.
The images were originally produced as 4 x 8' linoleum block prints. The
prints were then scanned and digitally printed on 24 x 88" fabric
banners. The trees chosen are all common to the Omaha region. The hues
of the four leaf prints on each side of the banners refer to the Spring
and Fall seasons, the times of transition in the life cycle of trees.
The following trees are included in the series: Bur Oak, Sugar Maple,
Osage-orange, Redbud, Plum, Walnut, Cottonwood, American Elm, Ironwood,
and Black Willow.
Editioned forests and individual trees
Each tree is 88 x 24", printed on fabric, with a banner stand and
Contact the artist or Gallery 72.
1806 Vinton Street