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New Century Walk gallery will feature Dick Tracy

October 2, 2011 — Source: Naperville Sun — Author: Tim West

Fabled comic strip detective Dick Tracy will be honored on Oct. 9 at both Naper Settlement and the brand new Century Walk art gallery which will be located in the Naperville Township office building on Water Street in downtown Naperville.

The occasion is the legendary newspaper crimefighter’s 80th birthday. Tracy was created by cartoonist Chester Gould, whose work was carried on by Napervillian and Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Dick Locher.

Locher will participate in a presentation on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Century Walk’s Dick Tracy statue, which is located on the Riverwalk at the Naperville Township office across the DuPage River from the Dandelion Fountain.

From 1 to 4 p.m. on that day, the Settlement will also have a birthday party for Tracy which will include the traditional birthday sweets plus “detective games” on the Settlement grounds.

Also, for the first time that afternoon a Century Walk art gallery will be open to the public in the Naperville Township office.

The current display will consist of a series of poster-sized artwork relating to Dick Tracy. According to Brand Bobosky, Century Walk’s founder, plans are to change the gallery display every month or so.

The gallery will be open each Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., with a representative of Century Walk present to answer questions about the artwork.

While the topic is Century Walk, if you want to have yourself, a family member, a friend, or your business in a piece of public art, there are still openings available on the Naperville parade mural located on Rubin’s Way, the alley off Main Street between Jefferson and Jackson in downtown Naperville.

“Naperville Loves a Parade” is Century Walk’s largest mural.

One side of the alley features a completed mural depicting Naperville parades through the centuries.

The other side shows a typical crowd watching the parade. Maybe your friends and neighbors are already among the parade watchers.

If you haven’t seen the mural for a while, there are a lot of new faces.

Plans are to stop working as winter approaches, and finish the mural next year.

For more information about this project, and a good overview of Century Walk, go to www.centurywalk.org.

The website includes an interactive map that shows you where the many sculptures, murals, reliefs and mosiacs that make up Century Walk are located.

You can see them just by wandering around the downtown and looking, but if you want to find something specific, the map is a good way to do it.

However, you plan it, Century Walk is a great amenity for Naperville and certainly worth a visit.