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Metal ‘knight’ sculpture stolen from Geneva site

Updated: February 15, 2013 6:25AM

GENEVA — A familiar piece of art by sculptor Joseph Gagnepain of Batavia was stolen while on display in the 1100 block of South Randall Road in Geneva.

The sculpture was made of recycled bicycle parts welded together to create a knight in shining armor riding a horse.

The art piece, created in 2000 for a “Pedal Geneva” chamber of commerce campaign, towers 9 feet in height and weighs about 300 to 400 pounds.

“It took a week of mourning — it’s like losing a part of me,” Gagnepain said on Sunday.

Geneva police said the sculpture was stolen between Jan. 3 and 6 while on display on the parkway in front of the 7-Eleven store on the west side of Randall Road at Fargo Boulevard.

The art piece previously had been on display for a year in front of the Geneva Public Library.

Gagnepain said the sculpture had won recognition for the sculpture at the St. Charles Scarecrow Festival and an art event in Elgin.

“I know it had fallen over in the wind and maybe someone had mistaken it for scrap metal. Unfortunately, it was not permanently mounted to the ground,” the artist said.

Loss was set at $2,000.

Gagnepain is known for creating larger-than-life sculptures and murals that stir imagination. The artworks have become conversation pieces for businesses interested in giving them a home.

“It would be a blessing if it was returned,” Gagnepain said.

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