It doesn’t take a lot of detective work to find a familiar face in the Water Street District.
The nine-foot tall statue of crime fighter Dick Tracy has returned to downtown, after taking a one-year-sabbatical. The 2,000 pound bronze sculpture was removed from the area and placed in storage back in September 2015, when the Water Street construction moved in. Now that it’s nearly complete, he has a new home in the heart of the district, just outside of Hotel Indigo.
The statue’s sculptor Donald Reed is pleased with the placement on higher ground. He noted, “It’s a fabulous location. It’s visible from across the river, it’s visible close up, it’s accessible in a way it wasn’t before. And it should be a lot safer this time with regard to the height of the river.”
While Dick was away, he got a bit of an overhaul, with some interior reinforcement added to make him more substantial. His exterior finish will be restored by Reed to its original colors and then resealed once the weather improves.
The statue was created as a tribute to longtime Naperville resident and Dick Tracy comic-book artist Dick Locher, who was happy to see his friend returned to his post.
“Dick Tracy’s on the job now, so the Police Chief can retire,” he joked.
While the finishing touches are being done on the construction in Water Street, a wooden box will be placed around Dick Tracy to keep him safe.
Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc reports.
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