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River Corridor Foundation of St Charles Purchases Sculpture

Six-foot bronze will adorn the Bob Leonard Walkway when it is installed this spring.

The nearly 6-foot-tall bronze sculpture “If I Could But Fly” will be installed this spring on the Bob Leonard Walkway along the west bank of the Fox River in downtown St. Charles. | Credit: River Corridor Foundation of St Charles
The nearly 6-foot-tall bronze sculpture “If I Could But Fly” will be installed this spring on the Bob Leonard Walkway along the west bank of the Fox River in downtown St. Charles. | Credit: River Corridor Foundation of St Charles

SOURCE: River Corridor Foundation of St Charles


The River Corridor Foundation of St Charles announced that it has purchased the sculpture “If I Could But Fly,” which will be installed in the spring by the city of St Charles along the Bob Leonard Walkway, the foundation announced Tuesday.


The sculpture will be on the walkway on the west side of the Fox River between Illinois and Prairie streets.


“The purchase of this almost 6-foot bronze sculpture ‘If I Could But Fly’ is the final major element of the Bob Leonard Walkway,” River Corridor Foundation of St Charles Chairman Larry Maholland said. “It culminates more than 10 years of collaboration among the River Corridor Foundation of St Charles, Downtown St. Charles Partnership Public Art Committee, city, Kane County and St. Charles Park District.


“The sculpture, along with the entire walkway, is a symbol of what can be accomplished through public and private cooperation and collaboration as well as memorializing Bob Leonard as a driving force behind this walkway,” he added.


The purchase was made possible through funds raised at the River Corridor Foundation of St Charles’ two annual fundraisers — the Bob Leonard 5K Run, Walk and Turtle Hurdle, and the Fall Concert at the Arcada Theatre.


The first is organized by the Leonard Family, the River Corridor Foundation of St Charles, and the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club. The Fall Concert is co-sponsored by the St. Charles Rotary Foundation and the River Corridor Foundation of St Charles.


This sculpture is also symbolic because Bob Leonard was a United Airline captain. Leonard was one of the original visionaries for development of the Fox River banks in downtown St Charles.


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bitartworks January 07, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Who is the sculptor?
jennifer January 07, 2014 at 09:55 PM
Bob Wilfong
Michael Dixon January 08, 2014 at 05:08 AM
Too bad the sculptor, Bob Wilfong, is not mentioned in this article. This is a beautiful tribute to Bob Leonard which Mr. Wilfong has created and is an inspiration for us all. Of course, as many of us know, sculptors, other artists and architects are rarely given credit for their work by the press.
Ted Schnell (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 05:41 AM
This was a press release, Michael, not a press omission.
Michael Dixon January 08, 2014 at 06:52 AM
Yikes! Thanks for the clarification Ted. I guess I am surprised that the artist for this piece was not even mentioned in the press release. My apologies to you. I enjoy getting the Patch while in the Peace Corps here in Ukraine. Keeps me grounded to St. Charles. I like to share your news stories with my Ukrainian counterparts and compare activities in St. Charles to the potential of festivals and community involvement which is just being developed here in this new country with a long history.

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