Century Walk News
TREASURES: MOSAIC IS A COLORFUL REMINDER OF NAPERVILLE'S FARMING PAST
November 3, 1999 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL) — Author: Kathy Millen
What: The "Heartland Harvest" mosaic.
Artists: Kathleen Farrell and Kathleen Scarboro.
Location: East side of the Ross building on the northwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue.
When: Dedicated in 1997 as part of the Naperville Century Walk art exhibit.
Materials: Created out of hand-cut pieces of glass from Mexico and Venice.
Size: The artwork measures 51 square feet.
Each 12-inch square section took eight hours to complete.
Several volunteers helped the artists cut tiles and do other preparatory work before the piece was assembled.
Background: The mosaic is a tribute to the contributions of Naperville's family farms.
It features images of the variety of crops grown on farms by the pioneer families who settled in DuPage County.
Incorporated in the design are images of the Boecker Granary, the crop-eating velvet bean caterpillar and three butterflies.
The latter were popular elements on mosaics found in the ruins of Pompeii.
The names of representative local farms and the neighborhoods they would eventually become are included in the border of the mosaic.
Significance: Brand Bobosky, chairman of the Century Walk Commission, said the piece tells the story of Naperville's evolution from farming community to suburban city.
"Those farms have disappeared but, in the place of a farm family, there are many families," he said.
"Naperville has evolved from farm family to suburban family, but we have never lost that family spirit."
Taking it in: Bobosky said the mosaic is a complex piece.
"It's very subtle but it ties together," he said.
"You have to sit there and study it a little bit.
I think it give you a nice warm feeling about the town."
Tiny hand-cut squares of glass pieced together tell the story of Naperville's farming heritage in "Heartland Harvest," part of the Naperville Century Walk permanent public art exhibit. Located on the corner of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue, the mosaic includes names of local farm families and the subdivisions that later sprang up from those same fields.