NEBRASKA BY HEART is a Public Art Project sponsored by Lead Up (formerly Boys Hope Girls Hope) and the Sadie Dog Fund, and is endorsed by the State of NEBRASKA's 150 Celebration. It is a not-to-be-missed component of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial and a destination for millions of appreciative (Nebraska, national and international) visitors!
MY INSPIRATION: “ In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of transparent water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree”. Saint Teresa of Avila
Saint Teresa’s quote was inspiration for “Spirits of the Heartland”. The application of human faces (souls) to the sculpture inscribes the River of Life and reminds us of the pioneers and Native Americans who lived, farmed and settled in Nebraska. Though physical no longer with us, their souls remain in a state of grace and their heritage lends a spiritual connection to the heart shape. The overall design and flow of organic lines (winding tree limbs, river streams) creates a visual of human souls connected and rooted like a tree to this great state of Nebraska.
I am rooted as well, born and raised in Nebraska, I will never leave and I too, will be buried among the Spirits of the Heartland. Janelle McKain 2017