Century Walk News
Children's Museum welcomes train exhibit
May 15, 2007 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL)
A new sculpture paying homage to the role of trains in helping Naperville grow has been installed at the DuPage Children's Museum.
"Parting the Prairie" was designed by Chicago artist Christine Rojek and is part of the Naperville Century Walk, a public art program featuring murals, mosaics, sculptures and other commissioned pieces of art throughout the downtown.
"Children love trains and often watch them from the museum windows on the upper level," said Marcia MacRae, arts specialist at the museum. "This beautiful, kinetic work will also be visible from those windows and portrays movement and progress, linking the past with the future. It's a perfect fit for Naperville and the museum - an intriguing piece of both engineering and art."
The sculpture is located on the north parking lot side of the museum facing the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway tracks that run by the museum.
Rojek specializes in public sculptures and her work can be seen throughout the country, including Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia, S.C.
In designing "Parting the Prairie," Rojek meshed the train theme with the nature and history of Naperville.
The sculpture will be dedicated at noon Friday.
"This delightful work uniquely fits its purpose in connecting the history and importance of trains in the area with our progress and future and we look forward to having it in place here in Naperville," said Brand Bobosky, founder of the Century Walk program.