Second phase of public art unveiled

Verhovod work in Sandwich Alley
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A second installment of Lincoln’s art in public places campaign was made Monday, following the 4th of July parade.

A series of painted panels, completed by local artist Viktor Verhovod, was unveiled in Sandwich Alley, on the wall of Simple Pleasures restaurant. The panels have not yet been fixed to the wall and will be treated with a clear, graffiti-resistant application, according to Verhovod.

Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short said the city’s art in public places campaign is in conjunction with the Art League of Lincoln, the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Lincoln Association.

“We are here to celebrate the unveiling of the second piece of the campaign,” Short said. “The first piece is the mural on the side of the Family Dollar Store.”

“It’s beautiful and we are so honored to have it,” Short added. “The third piece will be announced soon. Our focus is on the downtown alleys.”

Verhovod said the paintings represent his idea of Lincoln.

“Take a picture and send it around the world so everyone knows about Lincoln,” Verhovod said. “It will be framed and it will be here for a long time.”

Verhovod, a Kyrgyzstan native, is an artisan and sculptor at Gladding, McBean.