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Naperville’s Century Walk to have parade murals

May 6, 2011 — Source: Naperville Sun — Author: Tim West

Judging from the large crowds at Naperville parades, if you’re a typical Napervillian, you probably just love a parade.

Now, you can see a parade more than just a few times a year.

Of course, to do that, you have to be content with parade units that don’t move; they are painted in silhouette on the side of a wall instead of marching past you.

The newest piece of public art for Century Walk consists of two murals being painted on the sides of buildings on Main Street that now house Talbot’s and The Gap. The alley that separates the buildings will be known as “Rubin’s Way” in honor of the Rubin Partnership, which owns the buildings and which has made the project possible. Long-time residents will be familiar with the Rubin family’s history of civic involvement on our city.

“Parade of the Century,” which has been completed, shows a parade the beginning of which starts in 1900 and the end of which shows units from the end of the 20th century. It is in sepia tone at the beginning and changes to black and white as it moves on.

On the other side of the alley, facing the mural, is a second mural, “Naperville Loves a Parade,” which is currently being painted.

The second mural affords an opportunity for residents, or non-residents for that matter, to become a part of the Naperville scene for decades to come.

Those who have been here for more than a few years will remember when the hangar-type door on the community concert center was painted as a scene from a band concert. The people in the audience are depictions of real people who paid a fee to be included in the painting so they could become a part of the concert center, so to speak.

It was a clever idea and a good way to fund the painting.

The same plan is going to be used for “Naperville Loves a Parade,” and starting on May 30, after the first mural, “Parade of the Century,” is dedicated at the end of ceremonies following the Memorial Day parade, reservations will start being taken from folks who want to be immortalized in Century Walk.

The second mural will be in full color and will include depictions of individuals, families, their pets if they wish, and business buildings and names.

Fees have not been set yet, and more detailed information and sign-up forms won’t be available until May 30.

People can also use this as a way to honor relatives or friends.

There will be space for 200 to 225 images.

This is the largest mural that Century Walk has created to date, and there are four artists working on the project.

The lead artist on the project is Dodie Mondero, and the others are Marianne Lisson-Kuhn, Adela Vystejnova and Ashley Samack.

One of the many neat things about public art is that sometimes the public can go and see it being produced.

On nice days you can expect to see the artists working away creating another piece of art in honor of Naperville’s history.