Ready, Aim Fire!
Release Date: 09/21/2007

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Alegent Health’s O! Public Art Project celebrates community bonfire as artist sets O! sculpture aflame
O bonfire
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(courtesy of Jack Jorgenson)

OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 23, 2007 – Join Alegent Health, the Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Omaha’s O! Campaign as artist Eddie Dominguez sets his O! sculpture on fire as a symbol of people joining together around a campfire or bonfire. A major O! event, this display of performance art is one of the highlights of this weekend’s Millard Days celebration. The celebration begins at 8:30 pm on the corner of Millard Avenue and 137th street, in the Hobby Lobby/ UMB parking lot. Music and entertainment will be provided by UMB Bank. A short program begins at 9:15 pm followed by the burning of the O! at 9:30 pm. Officials with the City of Omaha’s Fire Department will be present, securing the area and organizing safety precautions and procedures. The finished artwork will be Dominguez’s remaining charcoaled O!, a reminder of a true artistic "happening," where the public is as important as the art itself. Everyone is invited to take place in this community bonfire, an event as unique as the O! Public Art Project.

Alegent Health is the sole sponsor of the project partnering with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Omaha's O! Campaign. The O! Public Art Project unites art, health and community spirit to beautify and celebrate the Omaha community. Twenty-four artists created twenty-two unique pieces of public art using six-foot tall fiberglass O! forms. The sculptures have been strategically placed throughout the community celebrating the wealth of artistic talent and diverse community cultural offerings.

The O!s will be on display through the spring of 2008 before being auctioned off to the public in April 2008. A complete listing of sites, artist information and photos are featured on the Web site.

Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with nine acute care hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and roughly 8,600 employees. Alegent Health is making healthcare better with an exceptional commitment to quality and by providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person consistent with its faith-based mission. Alegent Health continues the health ministry begun by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, more than a hundred years ago. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation, home care and behavioral health.