Police are hunting thieves ‘with the strength of Hercules’ over the theft of a massive statue of Mars, the god of war.
Artist Lucianne Lassalle, 57, was devastated when her statue was stolen along with its concrete base.
The striking ceramic stoneware sculpture of a head and torso went missing from Lucianne’s yard – which was locked – in Bristol.
Lucianne said she hoped the statue was stolen as a drunken prank and she wants it returned.
‘I moved to Bristol three years ago, but I did this piece about ten years ago,’ she said.
‘It’s travelled with me from Devon to Scotland and is one of my most favourite pieces.
‘It’s called Mars, after the god of war, but is more of a memorial sculpture to those killed in conflict.
‘I have only been in the city three years, but I am already in love with Bristol. I am sure whoever took it did it for a prank or a laugh.
‘I would like it returned, no questions asked.
‘There must have been a group of them – it is far too heavy for one person, and how they got it over the gate I don’t know.
‘A garden trolley went missing too, so presumably they wheeled it away. I just hope it’s in someone’s yard or garden nearby and I’ll just get in back quickly.
‘The sculpture is special to me and I am not insured so it’s a financial loss too.
‘It’s a kind of backhanded flattery. Someone must have really wanted it badly to go through all the trouble of stealing it.
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said they were currently investigating the incident.
They said: ‘We can confirm were called, just before 3pm on Thursday February 8, to reports of theft of a sculpture on Jacobs Wells Road.’