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2013.04.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Public Art Project from UNO Alumnus to be Installed at Scottish Rite

Omaha - The installation of a new public artwork project, designed by a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) art student, will take place on Friday, April 12, at 9 a.m. in the Scottish Rite courtyard, which is located at 202 S. 20th St. in Omaha.

Designed by Charles Fischer, a 2012 UNO graduate, the installation is the culmination of a two-year partnership between UNO and the Scottish Rite. Former UNO Chancellor Del Weber and Curt Edic, general secretary of the Scottish Rite, were key in promoting the partnership.

In 2011, the Scottish Rite contacted the UNO Art and Art History Department with the goal of commissioning a student-designed public sculpture. David Helm, a professor in the department, took the request to his students and asked them to propose a design for the project.

Fischer’s design, a six-foot-tall cube, was chosen out of the class to be taken from an idea to reality.

The project, known as “The Ashlars,” is a representation of the values of the Scottish Rite, including fellowship, brotherhood, truth, compassion, charity, respect, justice, tolerance and responsibility.

“I was struck by the images of the unfinished and perfect blocks of stone in the Scottish Rite meeting room,” Fischer said. “The notion of humans moving through life from a roughhewn being to something more perfect that exists within us is an idea I wished to utilize for the public space outside the entrance.”

Since 2011, Helm, Fischer and the Scottish Rite have met with engineers to plan, build and install the structure. Now, after being constructed by Heartland Scenic Studio, the installation will finally be completed on April 12.

The installation should take three hours to complete and conclude at approximately noon.

Media requests should be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at cdreed@unomaha.edu or by phone at 402.554.2129. Please contact if there is a desire to attend Friday’s event.

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