Fox Cycle – by Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV
Dedicated July, 2003.
Funded by the Public Art Committe of the Downtown St. Charles partnership,
which strives to improves the aesthetics of downtown St. Charles, by commissioning, purchasing and maintaining Public Art,
and encouranging business and property owners to do the same
I have really enjoyed the implicit pun in this sculpture. We all know about the water-cycle and the importance of rivers in water-cycle. The river here is Fox River. The sculpture of fox is made up of recycled bicycle parts, and is located on the Fox River. The city is St. Charles, with the slogan “Pride of Fox.”
Btw, a group of foxes is called a skulk.
If your memory is a bit rusty on water cycle.. It refers to the stages of Evaporation-Condensation-Precipitation and Collection of water. Water from river, seas and oceans turns into vapor and rises into the sky. When they meet cold air, they condense and fall back on earth in the form of rain. The rain water is soaked by earth or collect into rivers, which take them to the ocean, which is of course, the greatest source for water evaporated into the atmosphere.
The Public Art Committee of the Downtown St. Charles partnership. improves the aesthetics of downtown St. Charles, by commissioning, purchasing and maintaining Public Art, and encouranging business and property owners to do the same.
The Public Art Committee has funded
Col. Baker sculpture, in front of Hotel Baker.
Framework for a Donut by Howard J. Russo, in Baker Memorial Park.
Foxcycle sculpture by Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV, near Pottawatomie Park.
Mural “Pottawatomie Park, Circa 1895,” by Neil Puccetti, outside of Francesca’s by the River.
The mural will depict Pottawatomie Park as it looked during summers in the late 19th Century, with a boat dock on the Fox River and the park’s original pavilion, built in 1892. Puccetti said his goal is to convey how St. Charles families of that era enjoyed the park’s amenities.
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