The prodigal sculpture
Willie Bester invited guests to the unveiling of a sculpture titled Saartje Baartman at his studio on 7 July 2000. While waiting guests noticed a figure in his garden.
It was a large bronze figure that Bester says he bought from the SA Metal scrap yard after recognising it as a piece by David Brown. Following a conversation between Brown and Bester, it was found that the figure was a public commission titled Tightroping made for the Johannesburg Art Museum. It had been missing since being stolen in 1996.
In 2002 it was returned to the museum’s possession.