Community foundation calls for missing sculpture to be returned

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE) -- A sculpture was stolen from near Mayo Clinic on the morning of Sunday, July 20, 2014. All in the Same Boat is one of 32 artworks that Sculpture Tour Eau Claire has put on display throughout the city as part of its mission to promote public access to art.

All in the Same Boat by Minnesota artist Kyle Fokken has an assessed value of $7000, but the financial loss is only part of the negative impact on Eau Claire should it not be returned. Its loss could also raise Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s insurance premiums to unaffordable levels as well as discourage artists from loaning their works to the organization, jeopardizing Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s ability to procure and display sculptures in future years.

The Eau Claire Police Department is currently investigating the theft using surveillance footage, but all parties concerned would prefer that whoever currently has All in the Same Boat return it without police intervention.

A $1500 reward for information leading to All in the Same Boat’s return is being offered thanks to donations by Wipfli CPA and Consultants and Royal Construction, Inc. Anyone with information can contact the Eau Claire Police Department’s Tipster Line at 715-839-4982, text ECPD and the tip to 847411, or email The sculpture can be returned at the Eau Claire Community Foundation, 306 S. Barstow St., Suite 104, with no questions asked. All tips will remain anonymous.

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