By fall, 12 benches painted by local artists are expected to line the sidewalks of the Harrison Street Arts District corridor as part of a program created by the village's Public Art Advisory Committee.
Each bench will be painted by one of a dozen individual artists selected by the committee, which established the broad theme for the pieces as "seasons." As part of the project, a "community area"?#34;featuring two benches, three tables and a game table?#34;will be installed at the corner of Lombard Avenue and Harrison Street.
Residents can come watch the artists paint the pieces at 828 S. Oak Park Ave. during the summer months, said Loretta Daly, village staff liaison to the committee.
Installation of the useable furniture is currently slated to start the first week in September and wrap up in time for the business district's annual Art on Harrison event later that month.
The committee is expected to give a more detailed presentation on the program to the village board toward the end of June.
Daly said if the project is successful, it may be expanded to other business districts. The total cost of the program, $20,060, will be paid out of the village's public art fund.