The Fertile Ground mural in Omaha, Nebraska is painted across the NRG Energy building near TD Ameritrade Park. At 70-feet tall and 465-feet long, this is one of the largest murals in the country.
The 32,500 square-foot mural was created by artist Meg Saligman as a gift to the city from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. She began work on it in June, 2008 and it completed and unveiled in June 2009. It was restored in 2017.
The giant piece of work (the artist’s second largest) tells to story of Omaha — past, present, and future — through its people and landmarks. It references history, celebrates present-day communities, and the dreams for what is to come with a “back to front” composition. The artist looked through historic records and photographs from Douglas County’s records and had five current photo shoots done to pull together one to two thousands images to reference for the art.
The images depicted include local landmarks, neighborhoods, wildlife, a train, a businessman, dancers, musicians, books, a flywheel, and a 60-foot-tall image of a woman representing “Omaha’s emerging generation of young leaders.”
While you’re in Omaha be sure to also check out these other Nebraska roadside attractions and murals: Stile di Famiglia (Family Style) Giant Fork with Spaghetti, Kenefick Park (Union Pacific Big Boy Trains), and Justin Queal’s Home Run mural.
Fertile Ground Mural
Address: 602 N 13th St, Omaha, NE
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible