Street Art Committee
The Street Art Committee is a subset of the Streetscape Commission and aims to beautify Oak Forest and create a more interesting physical environment for citizens to enjoy. The committee believes that public art is an important component of community development. It provides a creative, human touch to the landscape and enhances the aesthetics of the most important commercial areas of town.
The Street Art Committee meets at City Hall in Council Chambers on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Flowers In the Forest - Summer 2018
Flowers In the Forest is a photography art project that features floral photos on utility boxes throughout the city to turn a typically plain and unnoticed fixture in the city into a piece alive with art. Hundreds of photos were submitted from local residents who were able to capture that special moment in nature.
Bike Whatcha Like - Summer 2017
Local artists transformed more than 30 bikes into works of art through the Street Art Committee's "Bike Whatcha Like" exhibit on Cicero Avenue. The bikes were turned over to the committee by the Oak Forest Police Department, which must dispose of lost or stolen bikes that go unclaimed each year. As you will see these artists did a tremendous job recycling these modes of transportation into clever and creative pieces of art.
Little Libraries - Summer 2016
A Little Free Library is a "take a book, return a book" free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their communities; Little Libraries have been called "mini-town squares."
Opportunity Knocks - Summer 2015
In 2015, the committee brought a kaleidoscope of doors to the Gateway Development at the northwest corner of 159th Street and Cicero Avenue through the "Opportunity Knocks in Oak Forest" project. Nineteen doors were recycled from a vacant apartment building on 157th Street (now demolished) and given to local residents, businesses and organizations, who transformed them from trash to treasure. Each artist worked on site so residents and passersby could watch the magic unfold in front of their very own eyes.