Another Henry Moore sculpture has been taken in the latest in a spate of thefts targeting works by the artist.
The 7ft (2.13m) high 1950 bronze artwork
Standing Figure - known locally as Yon Figure - was taken
sometime on October 10-11 from the Glenkiln Sculpture Park about
eight miles west of Dumfries in Scotland.
It was in a remote location at the site on
Lincluden Estate and Det Insp Colin Burnie of Dumfries CID said:
"It would have required some effort to remove the sculpture from
the rock it was attached to and the weight of it would have meant a
vehicle would have been needed to transport it."
He added: "The sculpture is one of six on
public display and, as well as the monetary worth, it has great
emotional and sentimental value to the family.
"We feel for Sir Henry Keswick who has
continued to display the sculptures outdoors for all to see,
despite them previously being damaged, and to now have one stolen
A group of three men in a Ford Transit-style
van in an unusual shade of blue were previously seen looking at the
bronze. They are thought to be in their 20s or 30s, of average
height and build and were accompanied by a collie-type dog.
The Glenkiln park was established by local
landowner Sir William Keswick from 1951-76. The works on display
also include: Saint John the Baptist (1878) by
Auguste Rodin;Visitation(1926) by Jacob Epstein; King and
Queen (1952-53), Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln
Cross (1955-56) and Two Piece Reclining Figure
No.1 (1959) by Moore.
The BBC reported that Moore said of
Keswick's project: "I don't know whether he got the idea to put
sculpture on his sheep farm after he saw the Battersea Park
open-air exhibition, or whether he was inspired by his experiences
in China, where he had lived for many years, and where, he said,
there are many examples of monumental sculptures in the open
"In any case, he bought this piece to put on
his farm in Scotland. He placed the sculpture himself on an
existing outcrop of rock.
"Later I went up there and was thrilled with
the beautiful landscape and at how well he had sited 'Yon
Spate of thefts
In November last year two men were sentenced
to a year in jail after admitting the theft of a sundial sculpture
and bronze plinth - Working Model for Sundial 1965 -
from the Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham, Hertforshire, which
were recovered by police after an appeal on BBC's
Regarding the latest theft, Richard
Calvocoressi, director of the foundation, said: "We profoundly
sympathise with the owners of this important sculpture, which was
purchased directly from Moore by Sir William Keswick and sited on
his estate, a spectacular setting which pleased Moore
Moore's Reclining Figure, worth
£3m, was taken from the foundation in December 2005.
Police believe the three-tonne sculpture was
melted down and sold for scrap, making perhaps just £1500.
His £45,000 painting Three Reclining
Figures On Pedestals was one of three artworks stolen
from a gallery in Broadway, Worcestershire, in 2010.
Contact Police Scotland through 101, or if
you prefer, anonymously, through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
• In a separate development, a Barbara
Hepworth sculpture stolen from Dulwich Park in South London will
now be replaced by a series of works by Conrad Shawcross, who won a
competition to earn the honour. His Three Perpetual
Chords is weighted with concrete to deter potential
Hepworth's Two Forms (Divided
Circle) from 1969 was cut from its plinth in December
2011 and is believed to have been melted down and sold for scrap.
It had been in the park since 1970.
The sculpture was one of an edition of six casts, one of which
remains on view at the Tate-run Barbara Hepworth Museum in St Ives,
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