The Century Walk Corporation


October 20, 2000 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL)

The sculpture of a one-room schoolhouse, paying homage to education in Naperville, will be dedicated Nov. 4 as part of the Naperville Century Walk public art exhibit.

The 8-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall metal sculpture is on Jefferson Avenue just east of Washington Street, next to the Christian Science Reading Room.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. with an open house at the Christian Science Reading Room, 16 E. Jefferson Ave. Dedication ceremonies will take place at 2 p.m. followed by a reception from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Carzz Grilleria, 216 S. Washington St.

Architect George Olson designed the sculpture, patterning it after the one-room schoolhouses in which Naperville teacher Reba Steck taught for most of her 48 years in education.

The sculpture includes Steck's variation of the golden rule and inspirational quotes from four other Naperville educators.

Olson's wife, Shirley, designed the metal figures of a teacher and her pupils that will be inside the schoolhouse.

The school bell that hangs in the cupola was donated by former North Central College President Arlo Schilling shortly before his death in December.

The Naperville Century Walk exhibit is a 10-year initiative started in 1996 to place public artwork relating to Naperville in the downtown area.

The sculpture will be the 12th work completed for the exhibit.

Two others are nearing completion -- a mural on the south side of Sullivan's Steak House and three statues at Naper Settlement depicting Horse Market Days.


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