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Nation’s Tallest Bronze Sculpture Commissioned For Omaha Airport

February 24, 1987

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A noted sculptor has been hired to produce the tallest bronze sculpture in North America: a six-story-high study of two sandhill cranes to stand near Omaha’s Eppley Airfield.

The Omaha Airport Authority commissioned John Raimondi on Monday to execute the $460,000 work, which will depict the birds in their ritual mating dance.

The cranes mate for life and the species is known to have been in the region almost 4 million years ago.

″So we have longevity, integrity, solidity and happiness. They are graceful and free. Those qualities are representative of Nebraska,″ said Raimondi, 38, of Winthrop, Mass.

Raimondi is known in Nebraska for ″Erma’s Desire,″ a steel girder abstract that stands at an Interstate 80 rest stop near Grand Island. It drew controversy before it was even installed because some considered the name risque.

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