SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The South Bend Museum of Art is asking for help finding a wooden shoe that was stolen from an exhibit over the weekend.
According to a post on the museum’s website, someone stole one shoe from a one-of-a-kind pair as part of the “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” exhibit between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Museum staff and South Bend Police are still investigating the incident, including going over video surveillance footage.
Chris Francis, the artist, released a statement, saying “I am saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. Every shoe is one of a kind, with no others in existence, making them very different than shoes we find in stores. When a piece is stolen from an exhibit, it is stolen not just from the artist, but from future audiences. It’s my hope that the shoe is returned, perhaps someone didn’t think about the seriousness of the crime committed and will find it within them to return the piece.”
Anyone that has information about where the shoe might be is asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235-9201.
(Photo courtesy of South Bend Museum of Art)