Gulf Islands artist reports theft of $20,000 sculpture from his studio


A sculpture worth an estimated $20,000 that was slated for donation to charity has been stolen, according to a Gulf Islands art studio.

The sculpture, titled “Superfly”, is a stylized depiction of a cormorant bird clad in a Superman costume. Created by artist Sam Hesse, of New Sun Design studio, it is made from black chlorite stone and weighs around 80 kilograms.

According to an emailed statement from New Sun Design, the sculpture was stolen “last month” from Hesse’s studio on Galiano Island, but the theft was not reported to police until November 13.

The statement from New Sun Design says there had been plans to donate the sculpture to a charitable group that supports B.C. Children’s Hospital. The statement did not include any other details about the reported theft.

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