In October of last year, we shared some of our photography from Omaha’s Fertile Ground mural. Shortly thereafter, we continued working with the Peter Kiewit Foundation to produce a brochure that describes some of the incredible symbolism found in the mural. This time around, we asked Scott Dobry to shoot the primary image used inside the brochure.

Fertile Ground Mural brochureFertile Ground mural brochure

Our only constraint was that the brochure had to fit into a standard brochure rack. This format ended up working well though, as it allowed for a nearly infinite number of panels. With such a long mural and tons of information and symbolism to catalog, the expanded brochure becomes quite large.

The 32,500 square-foot public art mural is located on the Energy Systems Company building at 13th and Mike Fahey Street. It was created by Meg Saligman, who has been recognized as one of the ten most influential muralists in the nation (by Public Art Review).

-Detail shot of Fertile Ground mural brochure

Started in June of 2008 and completed one year later, it is the largest singly-funded mural in the nation. Many who have passed by have been amazed by its scale and beauty, but few know that every single element found in the mural has specific meaning to Omaha and Nebraska, including 50 different Omahans. The title of the mural, “Fertile Ground,” is a reference to Omaha’s roots in nature and community. These roots are literally seen running though the mural as one of it’s main elements.

Make sure to stop by next time you are downtown at the Qwest Center or TD Ameritrade Park. To learn more about the mural’s wide range of symbolism, the painting process, artist information, and some interesting mural facts, download the brochure below.

Fertile Ground mural brochure [PDF]

View the project page for Fertile Ground Mural.