When it comes to enhancing the riverfront experience, the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles has placed a high priority on beautification and cultural impact. One of the key cornerstones of this initiatives is our Sculptures on the Fox program. Bringing world-class artwork to shores of the Fox River and public spaces, the foundation strives to identify, commission and install enduring and compelling sculptures. Most recently, three works have been created and installed, respectively, along the Bob Leonard Walkway, near City Hall and on the west bank of the river just north of Baker Hotel and just south of Salernos on the Fox.
The cornerstone of the Sculptures on the Fox initiative is the majestic “If I Could But Fly” sculpture. Purchased by the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles in memory of Bob Leonard, it is located along the Walkway also bearing his name, behind the brownstones just south of the Indiana St. Pedestrian Bridge. The City of St Charles, the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles, Downtown St Charles Partnership, and Public Art Committee all contributed to the project. The late Bob Leonard was a main visionary of the Fox River being a centerpiece of the community. His focus has since been adopted by these partnering organizations, along with the St. Charles Park District, St. Charles Kiwanis, St. Charles Rotary and Pottawatomie Garden Club of St Charles.
The other two pieces – “Reflections” on the riverfront plaza just north of City Hall, and the kinetic “Wind Emotions” across the river – were also jointly purchased and installed by the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles and these same partnering organizations.