Nautilus, by Rico Eastman, Being Installed in Lincoln

City Receives Eastman Sculpture for Union Plaza

Installation begins Thursday, June 4, 2020

The City Parks and Recreation Department today announced the gift of an outdoor sculpture to be placed in Union Plaza, at the southeast corner of the 21st and “P” streets intersection. “Nautilus” is a large steel abstract sculpture by the late Rico Eastman. Installation of the sculpture will begin at about 8 a.m. Thursday, June 4.

The sculpture was donated to the City of Lincoln public art collection by Jane Rohman in memory of her late husband Carl “Ky” Rohman.

“The placement of this piece in Union Plaza will further enhance the design intent of the park and plaza,” said Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director. “Nautilus is a perfect fit in this park, which integrates water into the design details of bollards, planters, pavement patterns, and public art that evoke the feeling of water droplets, splashes, and ripples.”

Nautilus, created by Eastman in 2002, mimics the spiral structure of the nautilus shell. Eastman served as the acting Head of the Sculpture Program at California State University – Fullerton from 2006 to 2012. He died in 2012 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Public Art Master Plan and additional information on the city’s public art collection are available at (keyword: public art).