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Downtown Naperville is gearing up for its 2022 summer sculptures


Above / Downtown Naperville will follow a theme, “Cruising Into Summer,” when mini-pickups roll onto sidewalks in June 2022. According to Tom Kuhn, “Marianne is at it again!” Tom’s wife, artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn, is adding her artistic style and magic to three sponsored sculptures, including this one near Jaycees Park on Webster Street.

Update, June 10, 2022 / Red is the most popular color of the pickup sculptures that dot the landscape throughout downtown Naperville. Visitors will find their spirits pick up by all the wit and whimsy that’s communicated by the artistically painted display.

Update, June 5, 2022 / Analytics tell us this post has been attracting lots of searching eyeballs this weekend as the community is checking for sculptures featured in the “Cruising for Summer,” another seasonal exhibit for photo opportunities in downtown Naperville. The other day at the Choose DuPage breakfast in Oak Brook, we were updated that 16 pick-up truck sculptures would be stationed around town sometime this next week, likely by June 8, 2022. Meanwhile, plenty of construction is in progress all along Jefferson Avenue. And all businesses remain open to serve customers.

A PN FB reader suggested the scene across the street from Lou Malnati’s “looks like urban log rolling contest.” (PN Photo June 4, 2022)

Original Post, May 3, 2022 / One of the tell-tale signs that summer is just around the corner is the springtime announcement that the Downtown Naperville seasonal sculptures soon will be parked on the street corners, dotting the landscape with colorful and whimsical attractions.

According to Tom Kuhn, “Marianne is at it again!” Tom’s wife, artist Marianne Lisson Kuhn, is adding her artistic style and magic to three sponsored sculptures. (Photo courtesy of The Kuhner, April 14, 2022)

“From book benches to hearts to dinosaurs to sailboats… we have had such fun and creative sculptures over the years,” noted Danielle Tufano, Executive Director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance, in a news release.

Cheers to summer memories and sidewalk experiences in downtown Naperville. (PN File Photo 2021)

For summer 2022, the sculpture theme is Cruising Into Summer. As a result, 16 amazing pick-up trucks will be scattered throughout the downtown area, Tufano continued.

With the exception of 2020, the Downtown Naperville Alliance has been coordinating the creation and installation of the sculptures to add fun and flair to the downtown central business district since 2012.

“Pick up trucks will be on display from June 1 through Labor Day Weekend. Wander around downtown and enjoy the painted creations,” added Tufano.

Be prepared to have a ball trying to remember all the different themes during the summer sculpture series that took over when the winter sculpture series ended! (PN File Photo 2016)

When the project is launched, an easy-to-download map featuring all the sponsored sculptures will be available on the DNA website, www.downtownnaperville.com.

Sculptures on display help tell the story of Naperville. By depicting memorable moments and other milestones in history, art connects the community. (PN File Photo 2015)

Back in 2015, and for several years prior, street corners throughout the central business district were enhanced with sculptures during the holiday season to attract shoppers and diners. Then the Downtown Naperville Alliance had to bright idea to feature the display to highlight the heart of the city all during the summer sunshine. And there you go! Cheers!

Photos are out of the files of Positively Naperville.

Editor’s Note / One more thing! The Downtown Naperville Alliance will be hosting “Characters on Main” in Downtown Naperville from 6:30 to 7:30PM on Wed., May 4th (May the 4th be with you, get it?)

According to Tufano, costumed characters will spend an hour on Main Street between Jefferson and Jackson Avenues, offering free photo opportunities. Unfortunately, this event will not take place if it is raining… but fingers crossed that the force will be strong in Downtown Naperville on Wednesday!

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