STREATOR — The City of Streator and North Central Illinois (NCI) ARTworks will dedicate the new three-dimensional Heritage Park Vintage Wall Saturday in downtown Streator.
The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Heritage Park, 222 E. Main St., a block south of City Park.
The Heritage Park Vintage Wall is a three-story streetscape, blending different aspects of downtown Streator in the 1920s, with names of businesses from that era, including a theater, bakery and soda fountain, beauty shop, clothing store and law office.
The dedication will include remarks by Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford at 2:15 p.m., followed by comments from City Manager Scot Wrighton, installation creator and artist Ray Paseka, who owns Westclox Studios in Peru, and NCI ARTworks President Chris Coughlin.
The event also will feature a display of several pieces of art created by Paseka and each of the local artists who apprenticed with him to create the wall. And, there will be a display of vintage cars of the era, organized by alderman Ed Brozak.
The Heritage Park Vintage Wall transforms an exposed brick wall visible since the city demolished a collapsed building there in 2004. The city commissioned Paseka to create and erect the project that measures 50 feet by 80 feet, and includes more than 125 aluminum panels, hand-painted to appear three-dimensional. Painting the panels and building the grid began in June, with installation starting in September.
Wrighton estimated the project cost to be about $100,000, including $76,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds budgeted for improvements in the central business district. Streator has partnered with NCI ARTworks and its Silo Pathways Project to raise the remaining $20,000.
"Streator will now have a unique work of art on a truly grand scale to backdrop an expertly landscaped corner and complement the city's ongoing downtown revitalization efforts,” Wrighton said in a statement.
He added that the wall, in addition to 16 new wall murals planned for the downtown area in 2018 by Walldogs, will provide downtown with a unique destination for travelers and public art enthusiasts.