My sister Jean, a faithful Global Traveler reader, knows I love outdoor art. Every year when her hometown, Tinley Park, unveils new Benches on the Avenue, she shares the news with me.
Debuting in 2004, Tinley Park’s Benches on the Avenue is a public art program featuring colorful, themed benches around town. One of the most popular attractions, benches are the work of professional and amateur artists— sponsored by businesses or individuals.
On display May through October, benches have a different theme each year. The theme for 2023 is Industry, Invention and Progress. Each bench honors a creation that changed the world and the way we live. Previous years included Animal Adventure, Heroes and Villains, Classic TV and The Magic of Music.
This year my sister’s granddaughter, Delaney, 5, is old enough to enjoy the fun benches. Although she is too young to understand the concepts, she appreciates the colors and fun designs. Checking out the benches was a fun playdate for the two generations. This is more proof of the benches’ appeal to all ages. On my recent trip to my sister’s, I saw several, but I need a return trip to see all of them.
Like other outdoor art, Benches on the Avenue bring life to otherwise mundane scenery. One other benefit is the benches are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. Benches on the Avenue, with form meeting function, are the best kind of outdoor art displays.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
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