- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A sculpture of the crime-solving comic strip character Dick Tracy has been moved out of harm’s way in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.

The Naperville Sun reports (https://trib.in/1ODMlsc ) the 9-foot-tall statue along Naperville’s river walk was temporarily relocated Thursday to a township workshop.

Officials have been looking to move the statue to higher ground after heavy rains caused the West Branch of the DuPage River to rise, partially submerging the sculpture. It will eventually be located outside a downtown Naperville Township office.

Longtime Naperville resident Dick Locher was a Dick Tracy comic-strip artist. He collaborated with Don Reed on the sculpture, which is one of the city’s most popular pieces of public art.

Reed says good art like sculpture will last for 100 years, but “It just won’t withstand the river.”

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