Stop 411 – Mill Sculpture Introduction, 3.2minutes.
A 20-foot tall by 12-foot square metal sculpture by Chicago artist Lucy Slivinski titled, “Reflections on Scott’s Mill,” spans the brick path. The sculpture consists of the rusted metal skeleton of a building, complete with eight vertical pillars, four on each side, and four overhead girders supporting an open, pitched triangular roof. Suspended inside the roof, above the girders, all manner of heavy, rusted metal chains, pulleys, sections of metal wheels, hooks and bars fill the space. On the right or southern side of the sculpture, a 12-foot tall vertical metal beam props up a two-foot wide by four-foot long rusted metal sluice flowing with water at times that falls six feet down onto a four-foot tall by three-foot wide stationary metal mill wheel fixed in a bed of stones below. Note that the water may splash onto the path as it hits the wheel.
You may move around the outside of this wheel along a four-foot wide concrete path running parallel to the main brick walkway outside the southern side of the sculpture. Several other smaller metal tools, wheels, chains, rods and pulleys lay scattered about the base of the sculpture by the vertical supports which you may touch.
Midway up the easternmost vertical metal pillar on the south side of the sculpture, about five feet high, is a six-inch tall by four-inch wide rectangular brass plaque mounted flush on the pillar. It’s mounted about a foot above a big, rusty metal hook filled with a cluster of chain links and other hooks on the front of the pillar. All of these objects may be touched.
At the top of the plaque is a sundial with lettering around the bottom of the dial that reads, “Naperville Century Walk.” Raised text below the sundial reads, “Reflections on Scott’s Mill. Artist: Lucy Slivinski, 2014.”
On the interior north wall of the sculpture, opposite the mill wheel, is a three-foot wide by two-foot tall information panel, five feet high. Surrounding this panel are actual items used in this type of sawmill – hooks, chains, clamps, wrenches, and pulleys which you may touch. Against a background image of a metal wheel attached to a large straight-toothed miter gear, text at the top of the panel reads:
A Reminder of Times Past
This re-creation of the frame of an old, water-powered sawmill commemorates the first sawmill in DuPage Township. Scott’s Mill once stood on the West Branch of the DuPage River just north of where it meets the East Branch.
To listen to a description of the old sawmill on the West Branch of the DuPage River, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 422.
To listen to a description of early sawmills, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 433.
To listen to a description of the surrounding environment at this location, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 444.
To listen to navigation instructions to the next stop, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 455.
To listen to information about the artist and sponsor of this sculpture, press the pound key and wait for the voice prompt to enter 466.