Liz Shea-McCoy is directing her fifth public art project in Lincoln, she says, "The Serving Hands concept was selected because of the sponsoring organization of this project which is Campus Life. Campus Life is all about reaching out and serving the youth in our community."
Liz says that there were 175 proposals submitted by Nebraska artists and the goal is to end up with 50 sponsored sculptures. But at this point only 21 of them have sponsors. Liz explains, "I call these people patrons or the business or the organizations that steps that will pay $5,000 in order to make the artists vision reality."
The canvas for this project is the largest of any Lincoln's past public art projects. The serving hands are 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
Liz is searching for additional sponsors, "What I am hearing is that many people love the project and they're going to wait till the auction to buy a sculpture. The problem is unless we have a patron step forward between now and the end of the sponsorship period which is February 15th the sculpture will not be made."
The completed sculptures will be on display around Lincoln from April to August and then in September there will be a public auction at Haymarket Park.