The Century Walk Corporation


July 27, 1997 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL) — Author: Karri E. Christiansen

Work on the second phase of Naperville's Century Walk likely will begin this weekend, as artists prepare to paint a mural on the east side of the Lantern restaurant building.

Century Walk Administrator Michael Trippiedi said he expects Chicago-based artists Hector Duarte and Mariah deForest to begin painting the mural -- which is to depict transportation in Naperville -- Sunday.

"We just got them set up with barricades at the site," Trippiedi said Tuesday.

"I think we're going to see some significant work in the next week."

Duarte and deForest unveiled revised plans for their mural during an invitation-only reception for all the 1997 Century Walk artists Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn Select.

Also recognized at Thursday's reception were artists Kathleen Scarboro and Kathleen Farrell, who will be erecting a glass tile mosaic on the east side of the Hozhoni Native American art building, and Jack Holme, who will create a sculpture to be installed at the Jefferson Hill Tea Shops.

Scarboro and Farrell, dubbed "the Kathleens," will be starting work early next month on their mosaic that will depict farming in Naperville, Trippiedi said.

The Kathleens still are looking for artist volunteers to help them cut glass tiles for the mosaic.

Those interested in assisting may call Farrell at (815) 723-6430.

"They're primarily looking for people who have had some art experience," Trippiedi said.

"They'll be using nippers to cut glass tile."

Holme, too, is seeking assistance for his project.

Trippiedi said the artist is looking for steel or cast iron tools that are 50 to 100 years old that can be used in his sculpture, which will be called "Growth and Change."

"As far as description of what they're looking for is tools that are indicative of Naperville history," Trippiedi said.

"Tools from Naperville's old cheese production factory, brewery, banking, woodworking, kitchen and household tools, gardening, barber, shoemaker, blacksmith, even railroad items.

Tools related to farming, tailoring, harnessing, even mechanics' tools like that which might be in an auto repair shop could be used.

He wants to make it related to Naperville."

Anyone who has such tools and is interested in donating them to Holme's sculpture is asked to call (630) 420-1400 and leave a voice mail message for Kris Guill.

Donors will be recognized, though Trippiedi said Century Walk organizers are not quite sure how yet.

The Century Walk, a trail of public artworks through downtown Naperville, is being funded by the city of Naperville and the Illinois Arts Council.  The first three objets d'art are a relief sculpture of the Naperville Municipal Band, located on the west side of the Firstar Bank building at the corner of Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue, two mosaic benches depicting the Riverwalk, located near the River Place complex on Jackson Avenue and a mural depicting the history of journalism on the west side of the Naperville Sun building on Jackson Avenue.


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