Public Art is For Everyone ... with tools and a truck 

Remember Boise's yellow bicycles? They were, like so many schemes, an attempt to reinvigorate a lagging downtown scene, and like so many schemes, they were quickly derailed by theft. In Idaho Falls: different scheme, same goal, same problem.

Businesses in that city are offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who can help solve the puzzling Mystery of the Swiped Seat. As part of a downtown sprucing-up project dubbed (sigh) "Art You Can Sit On," the city bolted 18 artistic benches on sidewalks in front of local businesses. But come last Tuesday morning, "The Piano Bench," a 6-foot long, 150-pound hunk of urban art in front of the Colonial Theater, was gone after someone made the sidewalk into their own personal Pottery Barn. The bench is reportedly worth $3,000.

And somewhere, in another part of the city, someone finally has an answer to the question, "Why don't you ever buy me nice things?"

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