Staff with the City of Kenora say that they are speechless following the return of the second set of stolen artwork.

On Tuesday, the City of Kenora announced that they would offer an amnesty to those who return four pieces of missing artwork, no questions asked. Early Wednesday morning, city staff found two of the four pieces leaning up against a fence at the A&W baseball fields. 

Yesterday afternoon, a member of the public alerted city staff that the remaining two pieces of art were found at Anicinabe Park, and the art is now safe in the city’s hands.

“We are in absolute awe of our community and the power of social media and our local media partners. This is absolutely incredible, and we are so thankful to the public for how passionate they have been in the search, and thankful to the people who did the right thing and returned the pieces to us,” said City Clerk Heather Kasprick.

The city is now hoping to incorporate the pieces into a permanent display, in honour of reconciliation with the Indigenous community.

“We are so excited about what has happened and that we have the pieces back. We’re still trying to catch our breath, this has all happened so quickly. We’re consulting with different people in the community about where the right place is for these pieces, so we ensure that they are displayed respectfully. They will go in the best place possible.”

The heritage art pieces were once displayed on the Norman Bay Bridge, and were installed in 1948. When the bridge underwent reconstruction, the four figures were taken down and put into storage, but were not able to be recovered. The last two pieces disappeared in 2016. 

For more information:
City thankful for returned art pieces
Art thief offered amnesty

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