input sought on peace ice cream flavor

Artist Trudy Swanson takes a break from installing paper cranes at Ted & Wally's in the Old Market.

Artist Trudy Swanson takes a break from installing paper cranes at Ted & Wally’s in the Old Market.

What does peace taste like? Ted & Wally’s wants to know.

The Old Market ice cream shop, set to open a second location in Benson in early 2016, will create a special “peace” ice cream this holiday season to celebrate the Omaha Peace Project exhibition, and Omahans are encouraged to share their ideas for what the new recipe should contain on Facebook.

“We believe in the power of public art, and we’re excited to have a role in helping spread the Omaha Peace Project’s message,” said Joe Pittack, owner of Ted & Wally’s along with his sister, Jeanne Ohira.

The project was inspired by the origami crane, an international symbol of peace. It’s based on the story of Sadako Sasaki, which says that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish.

When the Military Avenue Neighborhood Association commissioned Trudy Swanson to create a sculpture for the neighborhood, Swanson, who is of Japanese descent, proposed creating a steel origami crane sculpture with a companion activity that would engage the community. “I wanted to unite residents from all over the city by helping them connect through art with a focus on peace,” Swanson said.

This past summer, Swanson invited residents from across Omaha to fold paper cranes and share their wishes for peace on Facebook. Drop boxes were set up at the city’s community centers, police department precincts, libraries and the Central Fire Station.

The cranes were collected and are being strung together and hung for temporary display at Ted & Wally’s in the Old Market. Swanson plans to have the display completed by Thanksgiving. The steel crane sculpture, which will serve as a permanent visual reminder of this project, will be completed by early December. It will be installed at the intersection of Military Avenue, Fontenelle Boulevard and Northwest Radial Highway – one of the gateways to North Omaha.

The public can post their peace ice cream flavor suggestions at www.facebook.com/omahapeaceproject until Monday, Nov. 23. The Ted & Wally’s team will review all the suggestions and make the final determination.

Funding for the Omaha Peace Project was made possible in part by Mayor Jean Stothert’s 2015 Neighborhood Grants Program. For more information, call 402.681.1901. For more information about Ted & Wally’s, visit www.tedandwallys.com.

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