51st & Dodge St.
On October 29th, Senator Sara Howard and Senator Burke Harr joined Dundee School students in cutting the ribbon to officially re-dedicate the renovated Dodge Street Subway. There was a great turnout on a beautiful day. After a brief ceremony, the Dundee students were the first to walk through the new tunnel.
Progress Made on Subway Mural
As part of the renovation of the Dodge Street Subway, a new mural is being installed inside the tunnel. It had been hoped that the mural would be completed by October 29th but unexpected delays did not allow that to happen. Last spring, students from UNO’s Chapter of the National Art Education Association worked with Dundee School students in an after-school enrichment class to design the mural. In October, Dundee and UNO students painted the mural on canvas to then be applied to the tunnel walls. On November 15th, NAEA students installed one side of the new mural that consists of letters spelling out “Dundee Subway” with the letters having been designed and painted by Dundee students.
The other side of the mural will consist of five window views of Dundee landmarks. The windows were painted by UNO students as part of the Days of Community Service in October. It took longer than expected to finish the windows so they will be installed in the spring when the weather gets warmer.
Because other parts of the project came in under budget, there were enough funds to install additional lighting on the entrance ramps. The new fixtures had to be special ordered so that work should be completed in the next four weeks. Once the new fixtures are installed, all that will be left to complete the project will be putting up the mural windows.
Unfortunately, you may have seen some news coverage of graffiti having been sprayed on the subway the day after the re-dedication. It was unfortunate that someone had that much disrespect for the work that has been done by so many people. The graffiti was quickly removed and reported to police. The graffiti gave police a good idea of those responsible for this vandalism. The anti-graffiti coating was applied to the tunnel the next day.
Thanks again to everyone who donated to this project. Please be sure to stop by and see the great work done by the Dundee and UNO students.