The Oak Park Science Mural Tour features murals and an online tour created by 6th-8th grade students participating in OPEF BASE Camp’s public art projects between 2011-15. During BASE Camp 2015, Public Art 101 campers first restored murals from previous years and then developed the informative tour on Google’s My Maps. A QR code can be found on each of the murals that links to the online tour, which helps visitors to learn more about the science featured in the paintings and directions on how to walk or bike the tour along South Boulevard between Lombard and Forest avenues.
The campers had a number of local guest speakers teach them about public art. Oak Park-based sculptor Margot McMahon gave some history of public art in Oak Park, discussing the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s mini-mural program, outdoor sculpture exhibits, and poetry on the sidewalk. Kim Scata of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust shared what makes a successful tour. The campers also went to Visit Oak Park to learn about tourism in Oak Park. BASE Camp and D97 teacher Phyllis Frick conceived of this project five years ago, and led the team of campers to create the tour. Thanks to all who helped make it happen!
Flyers for the tour can be found at Magic Tree Bookstore and Visit Oak Park, or you can check out the online tour to see the route and learn more about each mural.
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