With One Eleven Wine and Martini Parlour unveiling the new mural gracing their patio, we were reminded of all the unexpected places to find art in Lemont Downtown. Here are a few of our favorite works!
Stephen Street Planters and Bridge. Art and Culture Commission, 2005 and 2006
The planters installed along Stephen Street north of Canal Street represent historic events in mosaic tile: I & M Canal construction, the Sanitary & Ship Canal, the Quarry Workers Strike and Massacre, and Smokey Row were selected by the Commission. Completed in 2005, Rob Moriarty served as lead artist with assistant artists Mona Parry, Loreen Hospodar, Kim Gedminas-Moriarty, and Mike Gedminas. The tile mosaics on the Stephen Street Bridge pilasters transform the structure into pastoral scenes of sky, land, trees, water, and birds with text related to the project’s theme: Blowing in the Wind, Water Under the Bridge: Our hopes for and memories of Lemont. Dedicated in 2006 by commission members Robert Moriarty, Mona Parry, Randy Vick and Emily J.B. Christian, the Lemont Center for the Arts has adopted the work’s swallow motif.
Canal Boats. US Post Office, 42 Stephen Street, Lemont. Charles Turzak, 1938.
According to wpamurals.org, the oil on canvas mural found on the north wall of the Post Office lobby was painted by Charles Turzak and installed in 1938. The mural’s title, Canal Boats, depicts a scene on the I&M Canal, which still traverses through Lemont Downtown. The canal gave birth to Lemont. There is a donkey in the mural, and these animals were used to tow the narrow boats. Today, these historic towpaths are now the I&M Canal Trail.
When you bike or hike Lemont, you’re walking with art and history!