Above / Two creative designs by Naperville native Marianne Lisson Kuhn will be featured for this year’s Downtown Naperville Sculpture Display. Discover and enjoy Number 8 and Number 13 among all 18 beautiful and whimsical interpretations from June 8 through mid-September.

UPDATE, June 9, 2018 / The No. 8 Heart has found its summer home in front of Costello’s Jewelers, on the north side of Jefferson between Main and Washington streets.

More than 60 hours of delicate brushstrokes by Marianne Lisson Kuhn went into an old-fashioned sepia-tone work with a story and a vintage map, sponsored by Ron Stenger of Morgan Stanley with the Naperville Heritage Society.

Original Post, June 5, 2018 / Many hearts of Naperville soon will dot the sidewalks throughout downtown when the 2018 painted sculpture display begins to make its presence known on Fri., June 8.

The Downtown Naperville Alliance heart-shaped sculpture, Number 13, features its logo on one side and many familiar Naperville scenes on the other.

Artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn has shared her distinguishable style on two of the heart-shaped sculptures. For one, she pumped more than 60 hours of delicate brushstrokes into an old-fashioned sepia-tone work sponsored by Ron Stenger of Morgan Stanley with the Naperville Heritage Society. Number 8 will be located on the north side of Jefferson between Main and Washington streets.

Another 70 hours of creativity bring to life a colorful heart in the mix of familiar scenes that represents the Downtown Naperville Alliance and many reasons to come downtown to shop, dine, take a Trolley ride and be entertained. The DNA heart will be set on Main Street, across from Sullivan’s.

The heart on the left, Number 8, depicts a scene along Jefferson Avenue before Century Memorial Chapel (pictured as St. John’s Episcopal Church built in 1864) was moved to Naper Settlement.

Eighteen decorated hearts, all different, will showcase a common theme that there’s “so much to love about downtown Naperville.”

Downtown visitors are reminded to treat every heart with tender loving care. No climbing, standing or sitting on top of the sculptures is permitted. Photo taking is encouraged! 

Be among the first on your block to see this year’s sculptures that will be on exhibit until mid-September.

Note: The beautiful and whimsical hearts are not for sale nor will there be an auction at the end of the summer. Sponsors own them – and receive them back to use, donate or gift as they please. Most sponsors donate to local organizations. That’s why there’s still a chance you’ll see sculptures from the previous four years that included exhibits in the shapes of trains, cars, gingerbread people and golf balls around town.

Why hearts?

Katie Wood, Executive Director of Downtown Naperville Alliance replied, among many other reasons, “Downtown Naperville is the heart of Naperville, … there are so many reasons to love Downtown Naperville, … and it’s a good reminder to be kind and share love with all around us. A perfect and artistic reminder for everyone all summer long.”