RETURN OUR MOSAICS!
Artworks are stolen from cycle path
Muthill residents are said to have been left feeling “appalled” after two mosaics created by school children were stolen from a cycle path.
On Thursday, August 31 two mosaics – one featuring an osprey and the other a sparrowhawk – were taken from the Templemill end of the Muthill community cycle path.
The mosaics along the path, which feature a range of Scottish birds, were created by children from Muthill Primary School with the help of Crieff mosaic artist Katy Galbraith and put in place by the 42nd Muthill Scouts.
Since the mosaics were installed in May this year, they have been enjoyed by hundreds of people who visit the path every week.
Lindsay Lennie, secretary of the Muthill Village Trust, said: “It is so upsetting after all of the work done by local children to create and install these lovely pieces for all to enjoy when using the path that they would be removed in this way.
“The only thing we have managed to do is some work to the existing mosaics that have not been stolen to make them more secure. We have not heard
anything else from the police, but we are not going to get them back now unfortunately.”
She added the village trust is determined to make sure the mosaics are replaced.
Lindsay told the Herald: “We will get more, we will get some new ones made because the posts are still in tact. We thought we had them securely fixed, we did not think someone would take something like that.
“The village trust is just horrified to think someone would take something that was a school project. It is just horrible to think someone took them on purpose, because you can’t see them from the road, so someone has deliberately gone down to take them. The people in Muthill are just appalled.”
Andrew Brickell, chairman of the trust, added:“It is very disappointing that someone would steal these unique mosaics. They are a community project designed to enhance the use of the path.
“We’ve had a tremendous response on social media with photos of the missing mosaics being shared by many people on Facebook and Twitter. It would be good if this can help us recover them so they can be installed back in their rightful place.”
Roseanna Cunningham, MSP for South Perthshire and Kinross-shire visited the cycle path last week.
She joined the calls to have the mosaics returned.
The SNP politician said: “I was dismayed and appalled to learn of the theft or vandalism of these lovely mosaics made by Muthill Primary School pupils for the community cycle path.
“I opened the first phase of the cycle path route last year and only last week I was there with my ministerial cycle helmet on and got on a bike for the first time in many years.
“It really is a wonderful example of community effort by the Muthill Village Trust and I truly hope that the mosaics can be returned to their rightful place.
“If there is anyone out there with information that might be able to help locate their whereabouts, please come forward.”
The theft has been reported to the police, and the village trust are urging anyone with information to report it to Police Scotland on the non-emergency number, 101.
The nationwide force confirmed the incident was still under investigation on Wednesday this week.
Missing The sparrowhawk-inspired creation