Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Despicable act of sculpture theft hits Gardens

21 July 2014

Despicable act of sculpture theft hits Gardens

A $30,000 bronze sculpture has been sawn off its fixings and stolen from the Auckland Botanic Gardens in a despicable act of vandalism and theft.

The artwork, titled ‘Tuna’, by renowned Christchurch artist Bing Dawe, was part of the 2013/14 Sculpture in the Gardens exhibition and was purchased for the Gardens’ permanent collection by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

Auckland Botanic Gardens Manager Jack Hobbs says thieves appear to have targeted the Gardens overnight on 20-21 July.

“The bolts attaching the bronze sculpture of a long-fin eel have been sawn clean through, leaving the mounting plate and the spiral carved base,” he says

As they do each exhibition, the Friends purchased this artwork as a gift to the Gardens in November 2013.

“This is sickening,” says Friends’ President Bill Burrill. “This stunning piece belongs in the Gardens and belongs to the people of Auckland.

“It is expertly crafted and tells a story of a species under threat, so had a perfect home in the Threatened Native Plants Garden,” he says.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of this sculpture or its theft, they can contact Manukau Police on 09 261 1300 or the Auckland Botanic Gardens on 09 267 1457.

About ‘Tuna’
• By Christchurch sculptor Bing Dawe
• Appeared in Sculpture in the Gardens 2013-14
• Made from carved wood, painted steel and bronze
• Bronze element is 600mm tall, mounted on a spiral turned wooden base. It weighs 90kg.
• It was priced at $30,000 in the exhibition and purchased by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens at the exhibition’s opening in early November 2013.

Photographs
• ‘Tuna’ by Bing Dawe in the Auckland Botanic Gardens Threatened Native Plants Garden
• Artist Bing Dawe and Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens President Bill Burrill, November 2013.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>

ALSO:

Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news