Bella statue back where she be­longs

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

BELLA must be Perth’s most ex­pen­sive bench sit­ter, hav­ing been re­in­stated at her Bathers Beach haunt af­ter an $85,000 com­mis­sion to re­place her stolen fore­bear.

The sec­ond in­car­na­tion of the 150kg bronze statue was re­turned to her seat at Bathers Beach last Thurs­day, com­plete with an en­tirely new face thanks to Fre­man­tle artist Greg James.

But CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled to safe­guard the new Bella to en­sure she doesn’t meet the same fate as her pre­de­ces­sor, which was nicked last year.

The orig­i­nal was stolen in Oc­to­ber and, though the thief was caught and brought to justice, the iconic art­work has never been re­cov­ered.

Nel­son Rodrigues Jardim (41) was jailed for nine months over the theft last month but the statue has never been found.

The De­part­ment pur­chased the orig­i­nal Bella for $48,000 in 2011 but it was later valued at about $100,000.

This year it recom­mis­sioned James to recre­ate Bella, and has also footed the bill for a se­cu­rity cam­era over­see­ing her bench seat.

Above: Bella be­ing in­stalled on her bench at Bathers Beach last week, and left, with her cre­ator Greg James.

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