Mission Statement: The Art Garden is a community gathering place and an inspirational artistic retreat for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Permanent and temporary sculptures and exhibits will be featured in an eco-friendly garden setting.
HISTORY: The beauty of art is in
the eye of
the beholder. Mayor Straz had a vision for vacant lot located at 123rd Street and 72nd Court. This piece of property, which is directly across from
the Palos Heights Fire Station, was a transformer lot owned by ComEd. The Mayor saw
the potential this property could have being located just 1 block west of
the Harlem Avenue Business District. He felt it would be an ideal setting for people who worked or shopped along Harlem Avenue to escape to for a lunch break or to stroll through and enjoy
the beauty of
the art and gardens. It would add a new dimension of life to
the downtown district by placing outdoor sculptures and benches in a garden-like setting. It would also serve as a location to display works of art done by local talent..
The Art Garden of Palos Heights benefits
the entire community. It adds character and attracts visitors to our charming city. Fundraising for sculptures and maintenance of the gardens is an ongoing effort. Please consider making a donation towards this community project.
For more information, please contact Pat Sheppard in
the Mayor’s Office at 480-3003.
The City of Palos Heights received the 2011 Tourism Award of Merit from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau for its vision in the development of tourism amenities which included the Art Garden of Palos Heights.
The Art Garden of Palos Heights received the 2010 and 2011 Keep Palos Heights Beautiful Award and received Special Recognition in the Garden Category.
The Art Garden was the recipeint of the 2009 Eugene Simpson Award for Civic Improvement from the Palos Height Chamber of Commerce. This award, named in honor of the late Mayor Eugene Simpson, is presetned to businesses or organizations that have, through improvements or additions, enhanced the appearance and landscape of the Palos Heights community.
Designed by Maria DeCaprio Sunta
Fabricated by VanBruggen Signs
By Gregory Johnson
by Linda Frigo and S.D. 118 Students
by Keith Edmier
by John Searles
Donation from the Orland/Palos Rotary Club
Bike Rack donated by the Palos Heights Woman's Club
Treasures of Palos Heights
by Anne Farley Gaines
Location: Municipal Parking Lot at 12217 S. Harlem Avenue.
This project was made possible by generous donations from many organizations, community groups, businesses and families. The border tiles were created by students from several area schools and local artists.
Through Amanda's Eyes
by Nancy Hammel
Location: NW Corner 123rd & Harlem
This mural was dedicated in memory of Amanda Van Howe, daughter of Jim and Barb Van Howe. Amanda was an aspiring young artist who passed away at the early age of 28. The mural was created by local muralist, Nancy Hammel, and features several pieces of Amanda’s work. The mural was painted by local artists including Amanda’s brother Michael, all of whom donated their time and talents. Many thanks and sincere appreciation are extended to the Edward Jones Financial Advisors who sponsored the mural with their generous donations.
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