A reproduction of “The Piazza San Marco” that was being featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program in Ferndale was stolen sometime between July 1 and 4.

A reproduction of “The Piazza San Marco” that was being featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program in Ferndale was stolen sometime between July 1 and 4.

Photo provided by the city of Ferndale


DIA Inside|Out art reproduction stolen in Ferndale

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 9, 2021

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FERNDALE — One of the art pieces featured in the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program in downtown Ferndale has been stolen.

As part of the DIA’s Inside|Out program, six reproductions of notable art pieces were placed in different locations around the city at the end of June. The piece that was taken is “The Piazza San Marco,” by Canaletto, which had been located at Popup Park at 165 E. Nine Mile Road for the program.

The Ferndale Downtown Development Authority notified the Police Department July 7 that the art reproduction had been stolen. Public Information Officer Jill Mahlmeister said it’s believed that “Piazza” was stolen between July 1 and July 4.

“We canvassed the area for any possible surveillance footage that maybe captures that area so we can review it,” she said July 7. “We have contacted a couple of the local businesses and we’re just waiting to see if they have video. Right now, we don’t have anything.”

Anyone with information about the stolen art piece can contact the Ferndale Police Department at (248) 541-3650.

This is Ferndale’s second time participating in Inside|Out; the first time was in 2012. Ferndale is one of 24 communities taking part in this year’s outdoor art program.

“We’re obviously disappointed that someone took this reproduction,” a statement from the DIA reads. “The purpose of the Inside|Out program is to share reproductions of artworks from the DIA’s collection with communities throughout the tri-counties, and the loss of this particular piece means the residents of Ferndale will temporarily not be able to enjoy Canaletto’s ‘The Piazza San Marco.’”

DIA Regional Public Relations Manager Megan Hawthorne further commented that the cost of a reproduction like “Piazza” depends on its size.

“It’s not as much what the particular reproduction is. It’s more based on the size of the reproduction, because that also contributes to the size of the frame, and then installation varies based on the size of the particular reproduction,” she said.

Hawthorne also stated that reproductions have been stolen before, but it’s happened very infrequently over the course of the program's 12 years. As for Ferndale’s missing piece, the city will be getting a replacement from the DIA.

“It would not be the same (art reproduction), obviously, and I think the location may change based on what happened to the current one that’s in that location, but I do know that the process is underway for a replacement,” she said.

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