Benches on the Avenue
Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue
public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to the downtown area. The colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.
2014 Program: 'Let the Games Begin!'
Nineteen artistically decorated benches embellished with unique materials based on the theme "Let the Games Begin" are now on display along Oak Park Avenue through Oct. 1 as part of the 11th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project.
Admirers had a chance to meet the artists who created the benches during Meet the Artists Night on June 14. Artists were posted at their benches along Oak Park Avenue to meet the community, discuss their work and answer questions about the creative process.
Meet the Artists Night was held in conjunction with the Music in the Plaza series, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. every other Saturday in Zabrocki Plaza, 17375 S. Oak Park Ave. The benches are located just a short stroll from the concert area.
to view the 2014 Benches on the Avenue brochure.
to view an interactive map featuring the 2014 Benches on the Avenue.
2014 'Benches on the Avenue' winners
Winners of the 2014 Benches on the Avenue project were announced during the Sept. 6 Music in the Plaza event in Zabrocki Plaza. Winners included:
- Best Young Artist: “Cranium Cadoo” by Michelle and Melissa Patino
- Best Use of Materials: “Mouse Trap” by Amanda and Greg Cichoracki
- Best Family Project: “Trivial Pursuit” by Garrett Gray and Phillip Gerk
- Best Portrayal of Theme: “Tinleyopoly” by Beth Kopf, Ron Kopf, Julie Dekker and Kurt Dekker
- Judges’ Choice Award: “Let’s Play Minecraft” by Jennifer Lilly
- Best Group Project: “Operation” by the Illinois Institute of Art’s Tinley Park Team
- Best First-Time Participant: “Scrabble” by Kevin Johnson
- Most Creative: “Jumanji” by Nick Schulien
The judging panel included Karen Wegrzyn, executive director of the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce; Mona Serpe, president of the Tinley Park Garden Club; Robbyn Yuen, decorator at Creative Cakes; Regina Ziemann, an adjunct art instructor at Moraine Valley Community College; and Wendy Bumphis, president of the Tinley Park Rotary Club.
Click here to see photos of all eight winning benches.
A thank-you to the 2014 'Benches' sponsors
The Village would like to thank the 2014 Benches on the Avenue sponsors, which include Odyssey Fun World, Matt’s Barber Shop, Eggheadz Café, Odyssey Fun Farm, Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center, Bettenhausen Automotive, Family Hyundai, Crossmark Printing, Aero Rubber Company, Ed and Joe’s Restaurant, Pronger Smith Medical Care, SEECO Consultants, Gatto’s Restaurant and Bar, Trustee Antonio Rubino – Orland Township, Robinson Engineering & Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Durkin Electric Company, First Midwest Bank, James B. Carroll & Associates and Central Collision Center.
The Village also would like to thank all the businesses that supported the Benches on the Avenue in other ways, including Kernel Sweetooth, Durbin’s Restaurant, El Coco Mio Restaurant, Heather’s Haus Florist, Evon’s Trophies, Raw Beauty Bar, Step Up Dance Academy, the Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce and Cuzin’s Neighborhood Bar.