Pictured: Up/Over by Linda Howard

Nebraska Interstate-80 Bicentennial Sculptures

In 1976 during the United States Bicentennial, Nebraskans commissioned a series of modernistic sculptures for the rest stops of Interstate 80. These sculptures were meant to inspire reflection of the country’s past and curiosity about where it was headed.

More than one hundred artists competed for a coveted slot along the interstate, but only eight were chosen. Each artist was then provided studio space in a community near their artwork’s final location.

The final pieces have inspired many a conversation over their meaning, but one thing can be agreed upon for sure: they’ve left an impact on the people of Nebraska and all who pass through.