The 30′ x 14′ brick mural on Bruner Hall at the University of Nebraska at Kearney depicts the four sciences taught within the facility – physics, chemistry, biology, and health science. Designed by sculptor Tom Meyers, Images in Brick was awarded the commission after competing with 126 other artists from around the country.
IMAGINATION is a 6′ x 14′ brick mural created to celebrate the re-opening of the Shenandoah Public Library in Shenandoah, Iowa after extensive remodeling and expansion. The theme of the joy of discovery was illustrated by a wide juxtaposition of disparate images interacting and sharing the same space, providing an energetic metaphor for the infinite body of knowledge and entertainment contained within the walls of the new building. Library mural design by Dean Tschetter.
Architexture is an original brick sculpture created by sculptors Jay Tschetter and Tom Meyers with the focus of exploring several of the more geometric, abstract and textural possibilities of masonry bas-relief. The theme of interplay between shapes, textures and shadows played a significant part of the creative process, the aim being to demonstrate the wide range of sculptural possibilities beyond the naturalistic.
MEMPHIS FIREFIGHTER’S MEMORIAL This towering brick sculpture in the heart of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, defines the entrance to the Memphis Fire Museum and honors the men and women of the Memphis Fire Department who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The memorial measures 25 feet at its base and rises to over 27 feet in height. Designed by Dean Tschetter.
THE FOUR MUSES brick murals adorn the exterior of the new La Crosse Performing Arts Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The four 10’ murals were inspired by the Greek muses of song, dance, comedy, and tragedy. Designed by Wisconsin artist Jill Rippe, the brick sculptures were brought to life by IMAGES IN BRICK. The murals was commissioned by the La Crosse Performing Arts Center Art Committee.
TOWERS OF TIME
TOWERS OF TIME stands at the entrance to Ponca State Park in Ponca, Nebraska, located astride the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in northeastern Nebraska. It is considered to be the largest single gift of art ever donated to the State of Nebraska. This impressive monument was constructed of natural and cast stone - another specialty of Images in Brick.
The installation is composed of three main elements: three 27 foot cast stone towers that represent the natural history of the region, a four-sided center fountain with each face displaying a history of Nebraska's indigenous human cultures, and a stream and waterfall celebrating the historical significance of the Missouri River.
The first tower depicts the late Cretaceous Period (65 million to 99 million years ago) when Nebraska was under water. It was the age of dinosaurs and giant fish, and the tower depicts prehistoric land and sea creatures.
The second tower features species from the Pleistocene Period (1.8 million to 10,000 years ago), the period of the Ice Age when woolly mammoths, saber-toothed cats and giant sloths roamed the region.
The third tower features the spectrum of contemporary wildlife that currently inhabits the Missouri River region, everything from blue herons and white tail deer to bison and flathead catfish.
The center fountain, each face displaying a history of indigenous human cultures, is also the source of a fountain. Water from the top spills over the sides, runs down the faces and collects in a circular pond. The pond in turn feeds the stream that culminates in the waterfall and reflecting pool.
The descending cascade and its accompanying pathway represents water and its dynamic flow through the natural world - the life forms that develop around it, upon it, inside it and above it. The stream invites the viewer to explore the intricacies of the water path, culminating with a visual and emotional reward when he or she reaches the waterfall.
The stream ends with a 7’ waterfall that serves as the source of the reflecting pool. The waterfall was constructed with a combination of natural stone and sculpted concrete to create an intricate tumble for the cascading water. The paths around the waterfall lead to observation and sitting areas where visitors can relax and enjoy the calming sound of rushing water.
TOWERS OF TIME at night glow an ethereal light. The pathways and waterfall are also carefully lit so that visitors can explore and enjoy the sculpture after dark.
SPIRIT OF ENDEAVOR
In 2005, the University of Southern California commissioned Images in Brick to sculpt seven murals, each 50 feet tall, for the new Galen Center on the USC campus in Los Angeles. The Galen Center is a multipurpose indoor arena and athletic facility. Architects from the firm of HNTB envisioned a 4-sided structure anchored by massive octagonal towers at each corner. The towers were designed to feature soaring brick relief sculptures on their faces.
After lengthy research, we believe this monumental undertaking may take its place as the largest set of brick murals ever created. In addition, the murals were sculpted under considerable pressure to achieve the desired completion deadline.
20TH CENTURY VETERANS MEMORIAL
The 20th Century American Veteran's Memorial in North Platte, Nebraska, is a monument dedicated to the military men and women who served honorably in the five major Armed Forces during times of war and peace spanning the years 1900 to 2000. The focal point of the 2.2 million dollar project, is a magnificent brick mural, designed by sculptor Susan Horn, dramatically depicting scenes from WWI, WWII, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. The mural measures 16' x 60'.