Have you seen these amazing Disney themed benches in Tinley Park, Illinois? Tinley Park’s Benches on the Avenue public art program has become one of the Village’s most popular attractions, drawing thousands of residents and visitors annually to Downtown Tinley. The colorful Disney themed benches feature the work of both amateur and professional artists and provide spots to rest and enjoy the fantastic creations while strolling through town.
Benches on the Avenue is an award-winning public art program that features many benches along downtown Oak Park Avenue showcasing the unique and colorful designs of professional and amateur artists from the area.
The artwork is based on a different theme each year, and benches are on display from mid-May through October. Each bench is sponsored by a local business or individual, who takes possession of it after the program has ended.
2018 Benches on the Avenue: Treasured Family Musicals
If you love Shrek, High School Musical, the Lion King and other classic cinematic celebrations of song, don’t miss the 15th annual Benches on the Avenue along Oak Park Avenue in Downtown Tinley!
This year’s benches are based on the theme “Treasured Family Musicals” and feature some of the most classic musicals of both stage and screen.
Moana by Jennifer Lilly
The Lion King by The Painted Turtle (a local store)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was created by Nick Schulien
Mary Poppins (titled Tuppence a Bag) by Sherrie Bartolini Ordaz and Michael Woodman
High School Musical by Kathleen DeJong, Shelby O’Hara, and Tasha Swindle
Cinderella (titled Minutes ’til Midnight) by Bethany Nemec
Jungle Book (titled Jungle Beat) by Raye Ann Saunoris
Peter Pan (titled Journey to Neverland) was created by the T.F. South High School Art Club
The artists’ award ceremony was held on Saturday, July 7 in Zabrocki Plaza during the Village’s Music in the Plaza concert. The following awards were announced:
Best First-Time Artist Award: “Journey to Neverland” by T.F. South High School Art Club
Best Group/Family Project Award: “Tuppence a Bag” by Sherrie Bartolini Ordaz & Michael Woodman
Best Use of Materials Award: “Moana” by Jennifer Lilly
Best Portrayal of Theme Award: “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs” by Nick Schulien
Most Creative Award: “Jungle Beat” by Raye Ann Saunoris
Best 3-D Bench Award: “Hercules” by Nick Schulien
Congratulations to all the winners of these fantastic benches!
Thank you to our friends Shelby O’Hara and Sheree Johnson for the information and pictures!
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