Curiouser and curiouser! Hefty artworks stolen from exhibition

Heavy sculptures worth more than R20,000 have been stolen from the Curious Creatures exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede art gallery and clay museum in Durbanville, Cape Town.

The exhibition runs concurrently with the Ceramics SA national exhibition.

Artist Delise Reich said on Thursday that her “Mad Hatter” sculpture and the “Cheshire Meerkat” sculpture that she worked on with Mary Simons were stolen at the weekend.

The sculptures were part of the “Tea with Alice in Africa” installation.

“These sculptures were stolen from the garden at the exhibition. They were taken over the weekend when the place is locked up. They must have lifted it over the fence, it is still a mystery to us,” said Reich.

The “Mad Hatter” sculpture weighed about 30kg.

She said the “Cheshire Meerkat” was sold for R5,000 and “Mad Hatter” for R18,000.

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