Century Walk Art
Get a sneak peek at the statues, mosaics, reliefs, murals and other wonderful Century Walk public arts here. You'll find lots of photos and background along with links to YouTube videos, Flickr images taken by people like you, and more.
A City in Transit
Mural depicting evolution of travel, including the DuPage River, Old Plank Road, the railroad, and the Lima Lima flight team.
A Lifetime Together
Statue of Jane Scherer and her husband as children.
A Whale of a School
The concrete whale, with a head almost nine feet high and a tail raised five feet in the air, is a testament to Highlands Elementary slogan, 'A whale of a school'. The whale is a symbol of school pride and connection between students of past, present and future.
Be The Best That You Can Be
Sculpture of William "Billy" Scherer, a graduate of Naperville High School.
To commemorate the Naperville Area Humane Society's 35th anniversary milestone, a committee made up of founding members commissioned award winning artist Dale Rogers to create a whimsical sculpture of a dog and cat. The plaque recognizes founder Ardis McCallion and founding member Cleo Keller. Both women, deserving of accolades, celebrate their 90th birthdays in 2014.
Cars of the Century
Stained glass panels depicting four cars and local dealerships from the 20th century.
College, Community and Country
Sculpture of football player and World War II veteran William Shatzer II.
9-foot tall bronze sculpture of Dick Tracy. Dick Locher, who succeeded Chester Gould in drawing the Dick Tracy comic strip and became a Pulitzer-prize winning editorial cartoonist at the Tribune, has been a Naperville resident for almost 1/2 century.
Faith, Hope and Charity
The mural includes the names of 12 famous American masons on one side, and 12 well-known Naperville masons on the other including city founder Joe Naper. Two large portraits dominate the mural -- on one side stands George Washington, one of 14 U.S Presidents who were Masons, and on the other side, Joe Naper. An 18" border painted to simulate wood and rope shows how masons are tied together around the world.
Bronze sculpture of journalist and historian Genevieve Towsley, author of "A view of Historic Naperville."
Golden Rule Days
Sculpture in honor of rural teacher Reba Steck who taught for 48 years, training her students to live by the Golden Rule.
Green Eggs and Ham
8-foot tall sculpture of Dr. Seuss' Sam-I-Am character holding a platter of the infamous breakfast food.
Growth and Change
2,200-pound, 10-foot tall sculpture made of three bent panels of steel depicting the tools of business, industry, and the household.
Glass tile mosaic featuring the contributions of family farms.
Horse Market Days
Bronze sculptures of a boy, horse, and dog.
Horse Market Days
Bronze sculptures of a boy, horse, and dog.
When the Naperville Heritage Society decided to commission a sculpture of the city’s founder, there was no debate regarding who would be its designer. Dick Locher, a longtime Naperville resident and legendary cartoonist, known forboth his Dick Tracy comic strips and his political cartoons, was immediately chosen to help create the statue of Capt. Joseph Naper. Bryan Ogg, curator of research for the heritage societies Naper Settlement Museum, called Lochers involvement in the project a natural union. Locher visited Naper’s Homestead site and researched the 1830s before making sketches.
Locher's concept and design were brought to life in this beautiful 9 ½ foot monumental sculpture by artist and sculptor Jeff Adams.
Dedication was August 23, 2013, on the 151st anniversary of Joseph Naper's death. Joe Naper is the 43rd piece of Century walk art.
KidsMatter Way-finding Murals
A group of "way-finding" murals, located in the parking garage at the corner of Main and Van Buren St., features the artwork of high school students from all five Naperville schools.
Lean on US
September 11 memorial monument.
Man's Search for Knowledge Through the Ages
Bas-relief sculpture carved in brick symbolizing the human quest for learning. Created in 1987, this piece was adopted into Century Walk in 1998.
Mr. And Mrs. Naperville
7-foot tall sculptural tribute to Harold and Margaret Moser.
Bronze squares depicting Naperville's geographic history. Created in 1986, this piece was adopted into the Century Walk in 1998.
Relief of the Naperville Municipal Band.
A sculpture of Mayor George Pradel, the city's first Officer Friendly.
Parade of the Century
Mural shows a parade across time beginning in 1900 (which is in sepia tone) and continuing through the end of the 20th century (where the mural switches to black and white).
Parting the Prairie
An interactive sculpture celebrating the city's railroad heritage.
Pillars of the Community
Mural depicting significant people, places and events.
Bronze sculpture of girl and boy reading. Created in 1988, this piece was adopted into Century Walk in 1998.
River of Life
Clay story quilt.
River of Life
Clay story quilt.
Mosaic-covered benches inspired by Kroehler Manufacturing Company lounges.
A sculpture of Chet Rybicki and Jim Moser, two driving forces behind the Riverwalk.
Spirit of the American Doughboy
E. M. Viquesney doughboy sculpture, restored by Giorgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works, Inc.
Spirit of the American Navy
Five years after his success with “The Spirit of the American Doughboy,” artist E.M. Viquesney created this sculpture, “The Spirit of the American Navy” with its first U.S. installation in November, 1927. “Sailorboy” was meant to be a companion to the 135-plus “Doughboy” sculptures. When sales were slow after eight stamped sheet copper editions had been created, production stopped. This copy was discovered in an antique store in Pennwater, Michigan. Its owners had purchased him from a Chicago junkyard in the early 1900’s. No record exists of this sculpture even being permanently erected in any location. Now our “Sailorboy” stands tall, waving to his WWI companion across Burlington Square Park in joint remembrance of service in the “War to End All Wars.”
From ice skating and ice harvesting to fishing, car washing or just "bridge sitting", the DuPage River has drawn Napervillians for generations, as it does today. "Streaming History" depicts activity along the river, in the surrounding countryside and the center of town, from pre-settlement to the 21st Century. The series was originated and installed by Marquette Properties in conjunction with development of Water Street District. It could not have been completed without research and visual references generously provided by Naper Settlement.
Relief dedicated to recycling and conservation. This bronze statue was inspired by Barbara Ashley Sielaff who founded the Naperville Area Recycling Center in 1973.
The Cat in the Hat
10-foot sculpture of beloved Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat character.
The Great Concerto
Mural honoring the Naperville Municipal Band and its fans.
Naperville Century Walk Corporation's 42nd piece of outdoor public art, a life-size bronze sculpture of the Christmas-stealing Grinch and his faithful dog, Max, just outside the Naper Boulevard Library at 2350 S. Naper Blvd.
The Printed Word
Mural telling story of publishing in Naperville. Originally painted in 1996 on the Naperville Sun Building, it was repainted on Ellman's Music Center in 1998.
The Spirit of the Y
Bronze sculpture celebrating 100 years of the YMCA
The Way We Were
A mural fondly looking at Naperville businesses in the 1960's.
Tragedy to Triumph
“Tragedy to Triumph” is the 45th work of art in the Naperville Century Walk. It was dedicated on April 26, 2014, to honor victims of a crash that shook a sleepy little town of less than 5000 people who came together to triumph in the face of tragedy. Discarded train parts and hundreds of railroad spikes were bent, melted and molded by lifelong Naperville resident Paul Kuhn to sculpt this powerful and inspiring creation memorializing this day in Naperville history. The sailor represents the 10 military personnel who were crash victims, three of whom were on their way home to announce their engagement to be married. The figure on the right is a Kroehler worker who symbolizes the many volunteers who responded to the cries for help. The injured woman being aided by the human crutch is the reminder that many people were injured and 45, ranging in age from 1 to 81, were killed in the crash. Actual train wheels and two plaques bookend the sculpture. Kuhn says that his focus was on showing how a caring community can come together and triumph over tragedy. Kuhn points out that this Memorial does not picture any dead. It pictures only the living. He says that the memorial is intended to reflect a message of hope, rather than despair, of triumph over tragedy. Most of all the memorial speaks to future generations of their responsibility to carry on the legacy of assistance and caring that was so spectacularly evident here on April 25th, 1946. A book entitled” The Tragedy at the Loomis Street Crossing”, written by Naperville native Chuck Spinner provided the impetus to the Century Walk to form a “train wreck committee” to develop plans for this Memorial. This sculpture was funded in part by a grant from the Public Museum Capital Grant Program, the city of Naperville Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund and The Naperville Century Walk.
Two in a Million
Sculpture honoring Walter and Grace Fredenhagen, former owners of a downtown ice cream shop.
A sculpture honoring five World War II veterans.
A mural celebrating seven Naperville service clubs.
World's Greatest Artists
67-foot wide, 12-foot tall mural depicts 36 famous artists working on their well-known pieces.
Yes We Can
A derailed study of hands honoring the late community leader Jim Wehrli.