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Holiday art sprinkles gingerbread creations across Naperville

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  • "Gingerbread George," designed to look like Naperville Mayor George Pradel, is one of 25 decorated gingerbread sculptures on display in downtown Naperville throughout the holiday season. Visitors can vote for their favorite at downtownnaperville.com/gingerbread.

       "Gingerbread George," designed to look like Naperville Mayor George Pradel, is one of 25 decorated gingerbread sculptures on display in downtown Naperville throughout the holiday season. Visitors can vote for their favorite at downtownnaperville.com/gingerbread.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • "Gingerbread George," a sculpture painted to look like Naperville Mayor George Pradel, rests on a downtown Jackson Avenue corner, where it is one of 25 gingerbread sculptures that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Businesses have sponsored the sculptures, painted by local artists or students, through a Downtown Naperville Alliance holiday art program.

       "Gingerbread George," a sculpture painted to look like Naperville Mayor George Pradel, rests on a downtown Jackson Avenue corner, where it is one of 25 gingerbread sculptures that will be on display throughout the holiday season. Businesses have sponsored the sculptures, painted by local artists or students, through a Downtown Naperville Alliance holiday art program.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Artist Cherie Matousek's gingerbread sculpture, titled "I Rest My Case," occupies a downtown Naperville corner.

       Artist Cherie Matousek's gingerbread sculpture, titled "I Rest My Case," occupies a downtown Naperville corner.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 

Twenty-five gingerbread men have been frosted and decorated and now they're sprinkled across downtown Naperville.

These gingerbread figures are not cookies, but sculptures, sponsored by businesses for the Downtown Naperville Alliance's second holiday display.

The sculptures were unveiled Friday after artists and students transformed them into a child in footie pajamas, a baseball player, an ice cream server, and even "Gingerbread George," a look-alike of Mayor George Pradel.

Once the decorated sculptures were revealed, online voting began at downtownnaperville.com/gingerbread to pick the winning design. Katie Wood, executive director of Downtown Naperville Alliance, said it's close, "but it's safe to say there are many gingerbreads in the race."

Among the front-runners are a yellow "minion" from the movie "Despicable Me" painted by Matt Hebel and sponsored by DMI Hotels; "Equinox" depicting fall and winter seasons painted by Laura Cavanaugh and sponsored by RiverWalk Family Dental; "Dinah Round," a plump gingerbread character holding a fork and knife by artist Alexa Simos and sponsored by Dine Naperville; and "Mr. Naperville," painted by students in the Metea Valley High School Honor Society for sponsor Naperville Magazine.

The winner will be chosen in mid-January, once sculptures are taken off the streets and voting concludes. Wood said each business that sponsored a sculpture can decide on its own whether to keep, donate or sell the gingerbread creations.

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