The Mayor of the British city of Hull is currently in Iceland to meet with the sculptor of statue which was stolen in Hull this summer. It is hoped the statue can be recreated.
The statue, called Voyage, was 1.8 metres tall and on top of a stone plinth. It was taken by thieves in July. Despite a GBP 1,500 (ISK 275,985) reward, the statue has not been found.
By contrast, it is expected the replacement will cost in the region of GBP 40,000; but that amount will be paid by Hull council’s insurance company, the BBC reported.
Hull’s Lord Mayor, Colin Inglis, told the broadcaster, “They [the Icelanders] were amazed at the time that anybody would do it. I think that continues to be the case. They just can’t believe that someone would stoop so low, really.
“I think it was important for us to make it very clear to them how much we valued what had been done with this project and what this statue meant to us,” he added.
The Hull statue was one of a pair, and its counterpart still stands looking out to sea in the southern Icelandic town of Vik i Myrdal. A mould will be taken of the remaining statue from which a new one can be cast. It is hoped that the new sculpture will be ready for installation back on its plinth after Christmas.
Security camera footage from the evening of the theft showed a group of men dragging the 300 kg statue down from its position and into a waiting van.
Two arrests were made by Hull police, but no charges were brought. It is thought that the men took the statue to sell it on for scrap metal, probably for GBP 1,200-1,800.
The statues were in memory of all those who died at sea, and also to comemmorate the close ties between Hull and Iceland. The statue in Hull was a gift from the fishing town of Vik. It was made by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir and on display since 2006.
(Small photo: RUV.is. Large picture: crossed-flag-pins.com)