DIA Inside | Out art reproduction stolen from Ferndale
A reproduction of “La Piazza San Marco” which appeared in the Inside | Out program at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Ferndale was stolen between July 1 and 4.
FERNDALE – One of the artwork featured in the Inside | Out program at the Detroit Institute of Arts in downtown Ferndale has been stolen.
As part of DIA’s Inside | Out program, six reproductions of remarkable works of art were placed in different locations around the city at the end of June. The piece that was taken is “La Piazza San Marco”, by Canaletto, which had been located in Popup Park at 165 E. Nine Mile Road for the program.
The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority informed the police department on July 7 that the art reproduction had been stolen. Public Information Officer Jill Mahlmeister said “Piazza” is believed to have been stolen between July 1-4.
“We have probed the area for any possible surveillance video that may be capturing that area so that we can examine it,” she said on July 7. At the moment, we have nothing.
Anyone with information about the stolen artwork can contact the Ferndale Police Department at (248) 541-3650.
This is the second time that Ferndale has participated in Inside | Out; the first time was in 2012. Ferndale is one of 24 communities participating in this year’s outdoor art program.
“We are obviously disappointed that someone took this reproduction,” read a statement from the DIA. “The purpose of the Inside | Out program is to share reproductions of artwork from the DIA’s collection with communities across the three counties, and the loss of this particular piece means the people of Ferndale will temporarily not be able to enjoy of “The Piazza” by Canaletto. Saint-Marc. ‘”
DIA regional director of public relations Megan Hawthorne added that the cost of a reproduction like “Piazza” depends on its size.
“It’s not so much what particular reproduction is. It’s more based on the size of the reproduction, as it also contributes to the size of the frame, and then the installation varies depending on the size of the particular reproduction, ”she said.
Hawthorne also said reproductions have been stolen in the past, but this has happened very rarely in the 12 years of the program. As for Ferndale’s missing piece, the town will be replaced by the DIA.
“It wouldn’t be the same (art reproduction) obviously, and I think the location may change depending on what happened to the current one that’s there, but I know the process is underway for a replacement, ”she said. .