Appeal for sculpture’s safe return
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.
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.