The Century Walk Corporation


October 15, 1997 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL) — Author: Karri E. Christiansen

AT A GLANCE  What: Century Walk dedication ceremony  When: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19  Where: Naperville Municipal Bandshell in Central Park  Who: Century Walk Administrator Michael Trippieidi, at (630) 778-6163

Dropping temperatures and cold rain did little to delay final preparations for the Century Walk dedication.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Naperville Municipal Bandshell in Central Park. On Monday, Century Walk Administrator Michael Trippiedi was gearing up for the ceremony, standing in the rain as a 10-foot, 2,200-pound sculpture was installed at the Jefferson Hill Tea Shops, 43 E. Jefferson Ave.

Created by Darien-based artist Jack Holme, the sculpture is made of rusted steel and shows a variety of tools used by Napervillians during the past century.

The sculpture is called "Growth and Change."

Trippiedi said that after a delay caused by Monday morning's rain, workers installed the sculpture in about 30 minutes.

"All we have to do now is fasten it down," he said.

Workers also will do some landscape work around the sculpture, including the installation of brick pavers, Trippiedi said.

Holme was not at the installation, but is expected to be at Sunday's dedication ceremony.

The sculpture is one of three art objects that are part of the second phase of the Century Walk, a trail of public artworks through downtown Naperville.

Two other pieces, a mosaic depicting farm life and a mural depicting transportation, also are part of Phase II.

Artists Kathleen Scarboro and Kathleen Farrell installed their mosaic on the east side of the Hozhoni Native American Art building at the northwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Avenue about a month ago.

Artists Maria de Forest and Hector Duarte are still working on their mural, which is on the east side of the Lantern building at the southwest corner of Chicago Avenue and Washington Street.

Trippiedi said the mural should be about 95 percent complete by Sunday. Duarte and de Forest likely will be working on the mural during the dedication ceremony, he said.

The first phase of the Century Walk included a mural about journalism in Naperville, two mosaic benches depicting the Riverwalk and a relief sculpture depicting the Naperville Municipal Band. The mural is on the west side of The Naperville Sun building at 9 W. Jackson Ave., the mosaic benches are located near the Riverwalk Plaza building on West Jackson Avenue and the relief sculpture is on the west side of the Firstar Bank building, at the corner of Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The three new pieces will be dedicated during Sunday's ceremony, which will be attended by Trippiedi,

Michael Trippiedi, left, watches as city workers Abe Kofa and Patrick Conley maneuver a 10-foot-tall steel sculpture into place Monday outside the Jefferson Hill Tea Shops. The 2,200-pound sculpture, created by Darien artist Jack Holme, is part of Phase II of the Century Walk and features tools from the past 100 years. The sculpture will be dedicated during a ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.


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