Oak Park seeking sculptor to dress up Harlem and Ontario

Developer will pay the winning local artist $30,000

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

The Village of Oak Park is looking for a local sculptor to help spruce up the corner of Harlem and Ontario, and will pay him or her handsomely for the work.

Village Hall sent word out on Tuesday, asking for a local artist to build a sculpture on the corner right near Trader Joe’s. The winner will receive $30,000 to design, build and transport the winning piece, according to a village press release.

The process will be spearheaded by the Public Art Advisory Commission, a volunteer citizen panel tasked with helping to beautify the village through art. And the funds for the art project will come from Whiteco Residential, which built the apartment tower on the corner nearby.

If you’re interested in entering the competition, go to www.oak-park.us/planning to find an application, or call 708-358-5648. Applications must be in by Dec. 10 and include a color rendering of the proposed sculpture.

Renderings from the finalists will be displayed at Village Hall from Dec. 15 to Jan. 7, after which the committee will make a recommendation to the village board. Trustees will pick the winner in February, with the hope that the artwork will be displayed by late May.

Finalists will be judged by durability, artistic merit, creativity and appropriateness to the site, according to the press release.

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