Dick Tracy heading to Chicago suburb

April 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM
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NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- Dick Tracy will be keeping a watchful eye on Riverwalk in the Chicago suburb of Naperville when the town unveils a 9-foot likeness of the comic book detective.

The 2,000-pound bronze sculpture will be dedicated Sunday in Naperville, the hometown of Dick Locher, who writes the comic strip's story line, the Chicago Tribune reported.

"I am so damn excited," Locher said. "It seems like the sculpture turned out pretty well."

Locher worked on the Dick Tracy likeness with sculptor Don Reed, a Wisconsin foundry and leaders from Naperville's non-profit Century Walk Corp., which paid for the $130,500 sculpture and has put 35 pieces of art along the Riverwalk.

The sculpture depicts the detective using his two-way wrist radio while wearing a yellow coat, a yellow hat and a red tie.

Naperville lawyer W. Brand Bobosky, who founded Century Walk, called the sculpture "a signature piece of art."

"Dick Tracy is world-renowned, so we believe that this will be a piece that will attract a lot of visitors to see it," he said.

"Many people use the Riverwalk, and kids will be able to see the sculpture and associate Dick Tracy with Naperville," said Mayor George Pradel.

The sculpture will be erected on the south side of the DuPage River on land owned by Naperville Township next to its headquarters building.

"Looking at the sculpture from Main Street, you'll see a perfect reflection of Dick Tracy in the water," Locher said.

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