Taking Art to New Heights

Ever think that the inside of a parking garage would make the perfect canvas for a mural?

A group of local high school students thought so.

11 art students from Naperville Central High School spent their last few days of summer painting murals outside an elevator on the top floor of the Van Buren parking garage with the help of professional artist Tim Etters.

“It’s amazing to see the amazing talent that’s just inside this doorway,” Etters said of the students, who say they spend up to six hours a day inside that doorway to perfect their craft. What might seem like a chore, however, is actually a relaxing use of their time.

“You get into a zone and forget about everything around you and just get into the art,” said Noura Ansari, a senior at Naperville Central High School.
KidsMatter Director IdaLynn Wenhold began the project as a means for motorists to remember what floor they parked their cars on according to the murals on the wall.

Over the next two years, students from the other four Naperville high schools will paint murals on each of the remaining levels of the garage. Each of the five levels of the garage will have different scenes from downtown and a mascot from each school.

“What started out two years ago as a quest to have young people make a measureable impact through their gifts, and to see it become a reality now, has been very exciting,” said Wenhold.


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