UPDATE: The dragon sculpture has been found.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday morning, Heather Wall said the sculpture was found in the Vancouver Island Regional Library parking lot wrapped in a sleeping bag.
It will soon be returned to its perch in Maffeo Sutton Park.
Guess who showed up in the Naniamo Library parking lot. . . The RCMP have my Dragon right now. . . Soon he’ll be back on…
EARLIER: An aluminum dragon has gone the way of its mythological brethren and disappeared from its home in Nanaimo.
Police are now searching for the missing aluminum sculpture, known as Rock Dragon, after it was stolen from Maffeo Sutton Park sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22 and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24.
The sculpture, designed by Heather Wall and measuring four feet by three feet, was mounted on top of a globe constructed of rock and steel. The sculpture was also bolted onto the pedestal.
Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP said it would take “considerable effort and at least two persons” to remove the sculpture and carry it.
The City of Nanaimo posted a Facebook video in which they asked whoever stole the sculpture to return it, “no questions asked.”
"Rock Dragon" by Heather Wall has unexpectedly left its perch. Stolen from Maffeo-Sutton Park over the weekend, this masterpiece barely had a few weeks in the park since its installation. Chris Barfoot and the City of Nanaimo ask for the temporary art piece to be returned, no questions asked.
Posted by City of Nanaimo Local Government on Monday, June 25, 2018
Police are asking anyone with information on who is responsible for the theft to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 259-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or call 1-800-222-8477.