Benches on the Avenue
Tinley Park's Benches on the Avenue
public art program has become one of the Village's most popular attractions, annually drawing thousands of residents and visitors to our downtown area. These colorful benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists, providing spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.
2014 Program: 'Let the Games Begin!'
For the 11th year, we will once again place 20 handcrafted wooden benches along Oak Park Avenue in beautiful downtown Tinley Park. They will be on display from mid-May to Oct. 1. Each bench will be sponsored by a local business or individual, who will take possession of the bench on Oct. 1.
We are currently seeking artists to create unique designs that will ultimately become bench art. For the 2014 program, the benches will be based on the theme "Let the Games Begin!"
We are looking for exciting, imaginative, three-dimensional, child- and family friendly designs depicting board games and/or traditional children’s games. Portrayals should be vibrant, colorful and include some degree of 3-D art. Please submit two different designs based on the "Let the Games Begin" theme (one game per bench). Design suggestions can be found here
for the application form.
2013 'Benches on the Avenue' winners
The winners of Tinley Park’s 10th annual Benches on the Avenue public art project were announced during the Aug. 24 Music in the Plaza event at Zabrocki Plaza.
The judging panel included Julie Dekker, Vogt Visual Arts Center Director; Karen Wegrzyn, Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Mona Serpe, Tinley Park Garden Club President; Regina Ziemann, Moraine Valley Community College art appreciation teacher; JeanPaul Ferrer, Tinley Park Rotary Club President; Bill Vandermolen, St. George PTA; and Robbyn Yuen, of Creative Cakes.
Best First-Time Participant: “The Princess and the Pea” by Amanda Cichoracki
Best Portrayal of Theme: “Jack and the Beanstalk” by Nick Schulien
Judges Choice Award: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Jennifer Lilly
Best Use of Materials: “The Wizard of Oz” by Babeth Kopf
Most Creative: “Beware of the Sugar Sweet Lair” by Marty Rose & Don Zak
Best Family Project: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” by Garrett Gray & Phillip Gerk
Best Group Project: “Where the Wild Things Are” by Illinois Institute of Art - Tinley Park Team
Best Young Artist: “The Lorax” by Lizette Marcin Lehmans