2020 Capitol Ornament available | Nebraska State Capitol

2020 Capitol Ornament available

OCC's 2020 ornament
The Capitol’s 2020 Commemorative ornament

The year 2020 has brought many changes to our lives, not only our personal but also our public life has changed. Little did the Office of the Capitol Commission know in January when creating the 2020 Nebraska State Capitol Commemorative Ornament that 2020 would be a year like no other in recent memory. While a pandemic continues to focus our attention, those who work in and visit the Nebraska Capitol are reminded that the beautiful building demonstrates what we can accomplish together and its artwork provides a respite from the daily hardships we face. The 2020 Commemorative Ornament was meant to focus our attention on the beauty of Nebraska’s flora as represented on the 14th floor of the Capitol. At the top of the Capitol, the Memorial Chamber honors citizens who works together in service of others. Our highest calling as citizens is public service. During 2020 we remember and honor Nebraskans in service: the medical professionals, doctors, nurses and researchers, who are on the front line of the pandemic response; the police and firefighters who keep our state safe; those working to feed the hungry in this time of uncertainty, and members of the National Guard who have been called to help with the pandemic response.

 

The Memorial Chamber on 14th floor is clad in beautiful black and gold marble, with golden hued windows, to create a reverent space of quiet contemplation. The finishing details of the room are elegant and understated. As in other parts of the Capitol, the designers took an everyday object, a lamp, and elevated it to a work of art incorporating Nebraska’s native flora. The 2020 ornament features a stylized thistle. Nebraska has five native thistles which are an important part of the prairie ecosystem providing food for native insects, birds and mammals.

 

The 2020 ornament, as well as others in the Capitol Commemorative series are available at the History Nebraska Museum Gift Shop located at 15th and P Street open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

 

The corridor leading to the Memorial Chamber

The corridor leading to the Memorial Chamber

The corridor leading to the Memorial Chamber

The corridor lamp fixture with corn, wheat and thistle designs.

The corridor lamp fixture with corn, wheat and thistle designs.

The corridor lamp fixture with corn, wheat and thistle designs.

This section of the  corridor lamp used to create OCC's 2020 ornament.

This section of the corridor lamp used to create OCC's 2020 ornament.

This section of the corridor lamp used to create OCC's 2020 ornament.

The Capitol's 2020 Commemorative ornament is taken from the corridor lamp.

The Capitol's 2020 Commemorative ornament is taken from the corridor lamp.

The Capitol's 2020 Commemorative ornament

The Memorial Chamber contains eight murals by Stephen Roberts.

The Memorial Chamber contains eight murals by Stephen Roberts.

The Memorial Chamber contains eight murals by Stephen Roberts.

The Memorial Chamber dome represents the sky and the chandelier, Venus, the morning  star, sacred to Nebraska's first people.

The Memorial Chamber dome represents the sky and the chandelier, Venus, the morning star, sacred to Nebraska's first people.

The Memorial Chamber dome represents the sky and the chandelier, Venus, the morning star, sacred to Nebraska's first people.

The Memorial Chamber chandelier includes corn and thistle motifs.

The Memorial Chamber chandelier includes corn and thistle motifs.

The Memorial Chamber chandelier includes corn and thistle motifs.

Nebraska's medical professionals work to safeguard public health.

Nebraska's medical professionals work to safeguard public health.

Firefighters and police keep Nebraskans safe.

Firefighters and police keep Nebraskans safe.

Nebraskans help feed the hungry.

Nebraskans help feed the hungry.

Nebraskans in military service

Nebraskans in military service