Branching Out: Enchanted Arboretum combines art, nature

May 16 by in Arbor Day, Art, Enchanted Arboretum, General, Nebraska City, Trees tagged , , , , , , with no comments


*Editor’s Note: this blog post has been updated since its original posting, including the revised map of tree sculpture locations in Nebraska City.

Nebraska City is known for being the home of Arbor Day, the tree planter’s holiday. And now, it’s known for bringing tree-themed sculptures to the streets in a public art project called “An Enchanted Arboretum.”

A total of 71 poly-resin tree sculptures have been placed at various points around town for the summer, letting the locals and tourists alike enjoy their whimsical beauty.

All the trees will be displayed in Nebraska City until late September 2013.  The six-foot trees done by professional artists and high school students will be mounted on concrete bases and set into the ground in public outdoor places.  The rest of the trees, all four feet tall and designed by students, will be displayed at various businesses throughout the community.

Here at Arbor Day Farm and Lied Lodge, we’re honored to be the temporary summer home for four different sculptures in the public art project: one in the Lied Lodge lobby, one out front of Lied Lodge’s main entrance, one at the Apple House Market, and another near the sidewalk at the Tree Adventure.

Wondering where else to find the sculptures? Download and print the UPDATED Enchanted Arboretum community map and take an art-filled walk.

We invite you to visit Nebraska City this summer and enjoy these works of art!

Nebraska City Enchanted Arboretum Unveiling

Hundreds of people turned out for the unveiling of the Enchanted Arboretum project in downtown Nebraska City on April 20, 2013.
















Nebraska City School students work on maquette

Nebraska City school students work on their Enchanted Arboretum maquette, a small–scale mock-up of their final tree sculpture.























Enchanted Arboretum at Lied Lodge

The landscape team at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City install a six-foot tree sculpture from Enchanted Arboretum, the community’s public art project on display this summer.


















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