Nebraska City students' work for the public art project, An Enchanted Arboretum, is scheduled for display at the Nebraska City High School commons from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4.
Students from Nebraska City public, Lourdes Central and the Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired will display 1,126, one-foot tall tree maquettes.
Students from kindergarten through fifth grade and art students in the middle and high schools created the maquettes with the help of project coordinator Liz Shea-McCoy of Lincoln.
Shea-McCoy began her work with Nebraska City in August, hosting a two separate three-day workshop for local educators.
During her time with the teachers, she asked them to decide on an artist for their students who would inspire the design they would create on their maquette.
Of the 1,126 maquettes designed by the students, 46 will be chosen to be replicated onto four-foot fiber-reinforced urethane trees to be displayed in Nebraska City.
The winners of the 46 will be announced at the March 4 display.
They will join 25 six-foot trees currently under production by high school students and regional artists.
On April 20, the 46 four-foot trees and 25 six-foot trees will be unveiled at the Otoe County Courthouse lawn.
The art will then be displayed at temporary locations around Nebraska City.
In October, the trees will be auctioned for permanent installation in town.