A temporary public art piece called Rock Dragon has been stolen from Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo.
The City of Nanaimo said the sculpture of an aluminum dragon on top of a globe of rock and steel was stolen sometime overnight between June 22 and June 23. The sculpture is approximately 1.2 metres (four feet) tall and 1.5 metres (five feet) wide. It was installed at the park on June 6.
The city said it hopes the sculpture will be returned with no questions asked. Anyone who has found it is asked to bring it to any City of Nanaimo facility or to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. Anyone who has information about the theft or the location of the dragon is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.
Rock Dragon was one of eleven new public art projects that were installed in city parks and public spaces this year as part of the Temporary Public Art Program. Since 2010, new projects have been put on display for a one-year term.
“I’m extremely disappointed that my dragon has been stolen and the citizens of Nanaimo cannot enjoy my sculpture alongside the 10 other temporary art projects installed in 2018,” Heather Wall, the artist who created Rock Dragon said in a statement.