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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska

Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska

By Rhea Landholm, Center for Rural Affairs,

The Center for Rural Affairs recently launched Nebraska’s first ever statewide arts and tourism project. Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska invites artists statewide who specialize in any medium to shape their version of a windmill. Prototypes of outdoor windmills will be juried in November, with the best designs gaining a sponsor. Artists will have until May to complete and display the sculptures throughout the state. All pieces will be auctioned off in September 2007.

Outdoor windmill sculptures will be displayed in communities throughout Nebraska from May 2007 through August 2007. Indoor works will be displayed throughout the state at locations that will be announced at a later date. Maps of these displays will be available on the official Winds of Life: Windmills across Nebraska website and at local tourism information sites.

All Nebraska communities, businesses and individuals are invited to participate by financially supporting an artist or by planning their own events around the windmill theme.

Auction proceeds will support rural communities and the work of the artists. Proceeds invested in rural development will be shared by the Center for Rural Affairs and participating communities for activities such as the Women’s Project for Rural America. The goal of the Women’s Project for Rural America is to increase activism and advocacy for rural issues, focusing on rural women, engaging them in a revitalization of rural America.

Windmills were essential to the sustainability of early Nebraska settlement and today remain a symbol of the life and culture they enabled. Today’s new wind turbines towering above those historic monuments capture new winds of life for rural Nebraska.

“Winds of Life is an excellent opportunity for communities to unite through individual projects and fundraisers,” Barbara Chamness, project organizer, said. “I am especially excited about what rural women can do to revitalize life in Nebraska.”

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  • At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I live in Fargo, North Dakota and we recently had "Herd on the Prairie" with Buffalo and it was a huge successs!
    I wish you all the success with the "Winds of Life"- I think it sounds like a great idea!

  • At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    how did the "herd on the prairie" come out, was it a success? did they auction the buffalo as well, and did they make some money?

  • At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How did all of them turn out? This is about the 12th one of these public art things that I have heard of and I always wonder if they are worth all the effort.

  • At 7:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The first one I ever heard of was in Chicago. I did not know there were other such public art initiatives.

  • At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They did it in Billing, Montana too. That was horses, Chicago was cows, I think. I don't know if they auctioned the stuff in Billings (don't know about Chicago either).

  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't know about Chicago, but Billings didn't auction off their horses. They just kept them there on the street.

  • At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm the one who posted from Fargo. The "Herd on the Prairie" was a great thing for Fargo/Moorhead area. They started at the beginning of the summer publishing a map that showed where each buffalo was being displayed. I don't know exactly how the businesses were chosen, but it was alot of fun trying to find them all. They had 75 total.
    A few weeks ago all the buffalo were moved to the Fargodome where they hosted a huge gala ($40 a ticket) and auctioned off all of the buffalo. I never heard how many tickets they sold and how much the buffalo went for but earlier that day, over 6,000 people walked through the Fargodome to get one more glimpse of them before they were sold.
    I hope this answers all of your questions. I know there was also a website:

  • At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just heard about the Windmill project on KFAB. It sounds like a great effort. What is the Women's Project for Rural America?

  • At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Clenbuterol said…

    It must be a wonderful and rather profitable project!

  • At 3:55 AM, Anonymous said…

    Surely, the guy is totally just.


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