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Karen and Robert Duncan Donate Airplane Sculpture to Lincoln, Nebraska

Posted by Duncan Download Blog on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 08:00 AM


If you've been to the Lincoln Airport recently, you might have noticed a 14,000-pound, 23-foot-tall metal paper airplane sculpture gracing the roadside along the way. And you probably asked yourself, where did that come from? And why is it located at the corner of West Adams and NW 12th streets?

The Duncan Family Trust Foundation, created by the Karen and Robert Duncan family to give back to the communities that support Duncan Aviation, donated the sculpture as part of Lincoln's Entryway Project and hired only local talent to create its permanent installation.

Anne Pagel, curator for avid art collectors Karen and Robert Duncan, contacted Lincoln artist Shannon Hansen of Hansen Sculpture to design the iconic image, titled Pitch, Roll & Yaw.

"The sculpture is not meant to be a deep abstract work, it's a unique and playful piece that everyone can relate to," says Hansen.

Lincoln's own Rivers Metals Products fabricated the massive sculpture, boasting a 20-foot wingspan, and delivered it to Duncan Aviation's paint department in May for a top-notch aircraft paint job prior to its installation July 21.


View the installation gallery as the sculpture lands at its permanently location.

"The paper airplane has been around for more than 2,100 years, in one form or another. This iconic image signifies the joy and wonder that attracts many to aviation," says Connie Duncan, Duncan Family Trust Foundation trustee and wife of Todd Duncan. "We are so honored to take part in this project and provide the city with a piece of aviation everyone can enjoy," she says.

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