Famous artist’s crane feared a scrap casualty

2009-02-15 00:00

A valuable garden sculpture may have become one of the latest high profile casualties of the unscrupulous scrap metal trade.

Well known Pietermaritzburg resident and artist Jocelyn Boyley fears that her elegant Owen Llewellyn Davies bronze sculpture of a Blue Crane may have been melted down for scrap after it was stolen from her Hilton garden.

Boyley suspects that the 1,4 metre sculpture, valued at R60 000, was stolen from her home at Shepstone Place in Dennis Shepstone Drive on Tuesday night in thick mist during heavy rain. “My neighbour’s dogs were going mad at around 10 pm, but I didn’t think anything of it at the time.”

Boyley said the life sized sculpture, which weighs 200 kg, was cemented into the ground, so it must have taken four to six men to dig it out and carry it away.

“The job must have been carefully thought out … They lifted it over my fence and dragged it to outside the perimeter fence of the complex where they must have had a vehicle waiting.”

For Boyley, the sculpture has sentimental value as her late husband, artist Errol Boyley, had swapped Davies one of his paintings for the piece in the 1990s. “Owen and Errol had participated in an exhibition as a team together, and Owen said to Errol that he would love a painting. So he chose one and Errol chose the Blue Crane … We moved it with us wherever we went, and even took it down to the Cape when we spent some time down there. It’s a big job to move it.”

Boyley asked that if anyone sees the sculpture, they should call her at 082 554 7740. She said she is offering a reward for the safe return of the sculpture.

Police confirmed that a case of theft has been opened.

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