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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Icon Poly plans repair to public art's "Temptation" tree

  • Icon Poly, the Gibbon, Neb., company that produced the fiberglass trees used for Nebraska City public art project, is attempting a repair of one of the sculptures damaged recently by vandals.The sculpture, known as the "Temptation" tree because of its depiction of the Garden of Eden, was broke off at the trunk and lef...
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  • Icon Poly, the Gibbon, Neb., company that produced the fiberglass trees used for Nebraska City public art project, is attempting a repair of one of the sculptures damaged recently by vandals.
    The sculpture, known as the "Temptation" tree because of its depiction of the Garden of Eden, was broke off at the trunk and left in six to eight separate pieces.
    The Otoe County Sheriff's Office suspects that someone drove a vehicle onto the sidewalk at the MRB Lewis & Clark Interpretation Center, striking the sculpture and a light pole.
    Kyle Vohland, president of Icon Poly, said he and the artist devised a repair plan.
    Vohland said although the sculpture appeared to be destroyed, the artist said that some of the artwork could not be duplicated.
    The sculpture includes the quote from Genesis 3:4-5, where the serpent tells Adam and Eve they will not die.
    The artist painted the verse on the sculpture in English, Russian and Arabic. He does not write all of the languages, so he was able to find artisans who would write it for him.
    The pieces with the Old Testament language verses were cracked, but Vohland and the artist noticed that the cracks did not go through the writing.
    The snake at the base of the tree was scuffed up, but also unbroken.
    A second tree, which as located at Steinhart Park, is not being considered for repair. The artist has agreed to redo the work.

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