LA GRANGE – Strolling the streets of downtown La Grange, about 50 wooden garden benches can be spotted at various light polls.
The benches – each designed by an artist and sponsored by a local business – are a part of the La Grange Business Association’s 2014 annual Summer Art Project.
This year’s project, Life is Good in La Grange, is meant to entice downtown visitors to “sit and stay awhile.”
“The art project has been a tradition for several years,” said Nancy Cummings, LGBA executive director. “It’s a way to highlight the business community of La Grange.”
LGBA chooses projects which are interactive, according to Cummings. She said the benches allow people to linger in La Grange.
“It does a lot to enhance our business community and brings people in from other communities,” Cummings said.
After being displayed through Labor Day, the LGBA will auction off the benches at the West End Art Festival this September. Cummings said each bench is different from the next, but all encompass the overall theme very well.
“[The project] is really interesting because you give a blank canvas to an artist and they come up with something so unique,” she said.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit Pets and Pals Charity, a local nonprofit, according to Cummings.
Aside from the benches and auction, the LGBA also has set up a scavenger hunt for the public.
The scavenger hunt asks participants to find 10 hidden items on the benches throughout downtown. The 10 hidden items include a paw print, bird, insect, bunny rabbit, moon, star, flower, heart and cheese. Forms should include the bench number and business sponsor for each item. Participants also need to include their name, address, phone number and email.
Answers are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 2 and should be turned in at the La Grange office of Baird & Warner, 114 Calendar Ave. The selected winner will receive $100 in gift cards usable at businesses in the area.
Cummings said the forms can be found on the LGBA walking map brochures at any La Grange business.
Along with the scavenger hunt, the LGBA also is asking residents and visitors in downtown La Grange to vote for their favorite bench. The artist who wins the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the auction, according to Cummings. She said voting can be done on the LGBA Facebook page.