Sculp­ture stolen from pub­lic park

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News -

TOWN of Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dents are urged to con­tact Crime Stop­pers if they have any in­for­ma­tion that can help track down a pop­u­lar pub­lic art­work that was stolen from Duncan Street Re­serve on Au­gust 15.

The sculp­ture Hy­atti’ (You are my all, my ev­ery­thing) by Ayad Alqaragholli was forcibly re­moved from its con­crete and me­tal base at the cor­ner of Duncan Street and Sun­bury Road in Vic­to­ria Park some­time that af­ter­noon.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said pub­lic art was an im­por­tant and valu­able as­set for the com­mu­nity and he was deeply saddened by the theft.

“This is a ter­ri­ble loss for the com­mu­nity who wel­comed and en­joyed this art­work for the past two years,” he said.

“It is one of many beloved pub­lic art­works in the Town.

“To think that some­one has just brazenly stolen it is dev­as­tat­ing for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the artist.

“I urge any­one who lives nearby or might have been pass­ing the area to con­tact po­lice with in­for­ma­tion, no mat­ter how small it might be.”

Alqar-agholli said news of the theft had shocked and up­set him greatly.

The art­work is val­ued at $44,000 and was in­stalled in 2015.

The art­work be­fore it was stolen.

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