COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho-- Members of the community felt a missing piece Monday as police searched for a signature piece of art stolen from Riverstone Park.
The bronze statue, titled ‘Kate’, was valued at $25,000 according to Coeur d’Alene Recreation Director Steve Anthony.
Coeur d’Alene Artist David Clemons said the theft left him with a hole in his stomach.
“It’s a huge investment of time and energy. Not only to get the project approved, but then to get it produced and in place,” Clemons said. “ It’s a huge amount of work compared to what people might think.”
The bronze statue depicted a turn of the century woman on a bicycle with two dogs. Parts were likely cut-off and stolen sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning according to police. The bike is all that was left.
Anthony said the theft affected the entire community.
“A lot of people say your art is your heart and soul of your community and this was a piece that was appreciated by a lot of people,” he said. “This was everybody’s and you took it from all of us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call The City of Coeur d’Alene or police.