Batavia Extols Art with Garden City Creates Attraction, Outlet for County Artists with Outdoor Sculpture Gallery
Bauer, Natalie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Natalie Bauer Daily Herald Staff Writer
The Batavia MainStreet Committee dedicated its ArtStop 1 Sculpture Garden at Route 25 and Wilson Street Friday evening as part of a general effort to enhance the vitality of the downtown area.
Lane Allen, head of the garden's design committee, said the garden creates another outlet for local artists and indicates the city's appreciation for artistic expression.
"This gives us another gallery that is using art to make us proud of our community and be excited about the arts in our downtown," said Allen, who is a sculptor himself.
The garden consists of four sculptures that sit atop separate bases made from limestone slabs that were excavated from a nearby quarry. Local artists completed the first four pieces. John Slavic, a West Chicago resident, created "Darwin Was Right," made of thick steel. Jim Jenkins, a Geneva native, sculpted the steel-and- Plexiglas "Skyline," which is a taller piece made to silhouette the sky. Elgin Community College professor Howard Russo crafted "Hard- Boiled," a 3-foot-tall sculpture made of recycled round bearings shaped like an egg. …