Ap­peal for sculp­ture’s safe re­turn

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The own­ers of a gar­den sculp­ture that went miss­ing from their Black­wa­ter­foot gar­den over the week­end are ap­peal­ing for any in­for­ma­tion on its where­abouts in the hope of hav­ing it re­turned.

The sculp­ture which stands at be­tween three and four foot tall, and rests on a plinth, is made of spring­stone, also known as black ser­pen­tine, a dense stone with fine grain that is in­cred­i­bly durable and heavy.

Sculpted

Sit­ting proudly among a flowerbed, the sculp­ture was the cen­tre­piece of Gordon and Ca­role Ste­wart’s gar­den. Orig­i­nally pur­chased in Fran­schhoek, South Africa, two years ago, the art­work was sculpted by Zim­bab­wean artist Peter Gwisa whose work can be seen in gal­leries around the world, in­clud­ing South Africa, Ger­many, the United States and the Nether­lands.

Gordon said: ‘This sculp­ture was stolen from our gar­den overnight and we would love to have it back home. It is very heavy and would prob­a­bly have been taken by two peo­ple who kindly tram­pled over the flow­ers to steal it.

‘Any in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to its re­cov­ery would be grate­fully re­ceived and a re­ward is be­ing of­fered for its safe re­turn.’

Po­lice on Ar­ran have been in­formed of the theft and con­sid­er­ing its size, CalMac have been re­quested to be vig­i­lant, in case the per­pe­tra­tors try to re­move it from the is­land.

PC Scott Weir dis­trib­uted a photo of the sculpure at a meet­ing of Ar­ran Com­mu­nity Coun­cil this week.

He said: ‘It is for­tu­nate that this kind of in­ci­dent on Ar­ran is very rare, but peo­ple should al­ways be vig­i­lant about their se­cu­rity.’

Sit­u­ated in a flowerbed the sculp­ture was the cen­tre­piece of the Black­wa­ter­foot gar­den.

The spring­stone sculp­ture was carved by Zim­bab­wean artist Peter Gwisa.

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