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Outdoor sculpture walk offers interactive experience

Residents and visitors alike are invited to get outside and enjoy public art by visiting the seventh annual Oak Park Sculpture Walk in the Southtown Business District through Labor Day.

The summer-long event features 12 sculptures in an outdoor exhibit along Oak Park Avenue just north and south of the Eisenhower Expressway between Lexington and Van Buren streets.

The sculptures were chosen through a juried competition and vary in materials, and this year’s walk features a few interactive components.

Visitors are invited to gently push Chicago area artist Zach Balousek’s piece titled Monolith to set in motion liquid that flows through multiple air chambers to provide wind to 12 whistling pipes inside. The sculpture is at 828 S. Oak Park Ave.

Oak Park artist Tia Etu’s piece titled Butterfly at 840 S. Oak Park Ave. is another interactive sculpture, offering a ready-made photo opportunity for passersby. Visitors can download the free Otocast app on their smart phones to access information about the sculptures and hear descriptions of the work by the artists. The Sculpture Walk is organized by the Oak Park Area Arts Council.

For more information, email Photographs and information on each sculpture are posted at

Photo of artist Tia Etu’s with her piece titled Butterfly at 840 S. Oak Park Ave.