An 82-foot lighted glass tower designed by Omaha artist Jun Kaneko will be constructed in front of the Fed & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. The tower is a gift from an anonymous donor and is set to be the cornerstone for the center.
Kaneko named the tower “Search” and started work on it in January. The 75 foot tower will sit on a 7 foot pedestal. It includes 1,800 square feet of glass weighing 40,920 pounds. The class is hand cut and ground, hand blown stained glass with color and opaque flash laminated into safety glass. Each panel weighs 341 pounds.
The corner will be reconfigured to include a roundabout with the tower as the centerpiece. Dr. Kenneth Cowan is the director of the Fred & Pamela Buffet Cancer Center and says, “It will be a cornerstone of the cancer center – a guiding light for patients. It ties in perfectly into the importance of art and healing.” It will be visible from several blocks away. The Search Tower is part of a series of art projects associated with the Cancer Center through the Healing Arts Program.